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the shape of things

The fourth Math in the Mail kit is based on The Shape of Things by Dayle Ann Dodds

How many times have you read The Shape of Things together?

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Attribute Blocks

Sorting the Attribute Blocks by one attribute – this will help your child become familiar with shapes, while also helping to transition into the next kit, which will introduce sorting and comparing.


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Sesame Street sorting shapes 

Songs About Shapes

Learn Spanish names for shapes

Secret Agent Shapes



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In   On   Under   Up/Down   Beside   Between   Next to   In front of    Behind   Backward   Forward 

Where’s the Monkey?

Up and Down

Books that promote spatial skills

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Have you and your child worked with the tangram puzzles?

How are the shapes in the tangram pieces different than the attribute blocks? How are they the same?

Have you created some of your own puzzles using the tangram pieces?

More printable tangram patterns

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Thank you to the museum partners who contributed to this kit!

Bay County Historical Museum

Castle Museum of Saginaw County

Midland Center for the Arts

Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum

Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum


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After you have worked with the The Shape of Things kit several times, please complete the The Shape of Things Post Kit Survey