Colors versus Shapes by Mike Boldt

Colors versus Shapes

Mike Boldt


I hope that you had a lovely long weekend! Now that we are officially into the swing of the school year, I thought that I would start the week off with a concept book.  In this case.. colors and shapes!

I found this book when I was shelf reading one afternoon and really enjoyed the way the book was set up.  A group of colors and a group of shapes are vying to be the stars of the book.  Each team is auditioning for the starring role! The backdrop is a stage and the two teams take turns to explain why they are the best!

Colors show that they are the best by mixing colors to make new ones.  Shapes show that they are the best by joining together to make new shapes.  Each team tries to outdo the other team, with crazier and crazier antics.  UNTIL! One shape and one color collide! Then the two sides work together to create something magical.


Often, I find that concept books can be a little boring.  I mean, they are doing their job and good for them, but as an adult, you can only read some things once or twice before you’re tearing your hair out.  This is not one of those concept books.  There is an actual plot while still teaching about these concepts.  Plus, it celebrates working together.  Who wouldn’t like this book!?


You can do a couple of different things here!

Take out some paint and let your little finger paint and experiment with mixing colors (maybe tape a trash bag to the table so the mess is contained…..). Have them paint a picture or just create new colors!


See if you can find tangrams! Amazon has relatively affordable set (you’ll just want to monitor to make sure pieces stay on the table!), or you can cut the shapes out of card stock or paper. Have your little put pieces together to create new shapes or create a whole picture! You can also find worksheets that they can follow to create things like cats and turtles!

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