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Coloring within the lines while learning shapes

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  • You will need a box of crayons and a sheet of white paper
  • With a black crayon, draw these 5 shapes in front of the child, naming the shape as you draw - heart, star, rectangle, circle and triangle
  • Ask child to color inside the shapes with the following colors:

heart - green

star - orange

rectangle- blue

circle - red

triangle - yellow

  • Reverse roles by asking child to draw with black crayon  - triangle, circle, square, rectangle, star and heart on the paper
  • Let child tell you which color should be used to fill in each shape (the color choices do not need to match the colors you originally gave for the shapes)


Instead of drawing all five shapes at the same time, draw only one shape at a time.  After shape is drawn, tell child what color it should be filled in with by the crayon. Encourage child to fill in the whole shape and not leave any white spaces.


Filling in each shape with the correct color is the goal.  Tell child two or three shapes and colors to color at the beginning to see if they can remember without asking again.  Can make more difficult by stating all five shapes and colors to use at the beginning and watch how child proceeds.  Also, encourage the whole shape to be filled in without leaving any white spaces.


  • box of crayons
  • white paper

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Review
  • Color - Black
  • Number - Seven, 7
  • Alphabet Letters - J, I
  • Sense - Smell
  • Character Trait - Courage
  • Target Words - Long, Little, Short, Small

Monthly Proverb

Chinese - If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through

Did You Know?

"Before children enter elementary school, they must develop many linguistic and cognitive skills that will make later academic learning possible. By the age of five, however, children differ markedly in their success in reaching these developmental goals." Entwisle & Alexander, 1993

Books to Read

"The Little Engine That Could"
by Watty Piper, Illustrator Loren Long (Activity 12) (audiobook available)

"My Very First Mother Goose"
with Ioa Opie Editor and Rosemary Wells Illustrator (Activity 26)

"Of Colors and Things"
by Tana Hoban (Activity 8)

Music Playlist

"America (My Country Tis of Thee)"
by the Hit Crew, Album: Drew’s Famous Music for Summer Games and Activities (Activity 13)

by Willa Brigham, Album: Healthy Happy Habits (Activity 25)

"Miss Mary Mack"
by Ella Jenkins, Album: You’ll Sing a Song and I’ll Sing a Song (Activity 9)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Jack and Jill

(Activity 19 Month 9)

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water.

Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.