Recently I was invited to review Away We Go!: A Shape and Seek Book by Chieu Anh Urban.
We are always looking for new products to share with Toddler Approved readers that invite kids to discover, create, and learn.
Today I am excited to share a few Away We Go! inspired shape activities for preschoolers with you and tell you all about my experience reading the book with my kids!
We are also giving away two signed copies of the book, so make sure to scroll down for details!
Away We Go!: A Shape and Seek Book by Chieu Anh Urban is a darling durable board book for kids.
The book features almost twenty unique images of vehicles created with shapes. Not only are the vehicles in the book created using shapes, but each page offers a shape hunt challenge to readers. "Do you see a square?" or "What shapes do you see?"
In addition to beautiful colorful images, each page features a simple die-cut that my kids loved to manipulate with their fingers! When he turned the page my son would get so excited that a die-cut of a heart could go from being an airplane propeller to a part of a bicycle.
The text in the book was very simple which allowed my kids to fill the conversation with their own descriptions while we read. They told me about colors, shapes, how many wheels they discovered, where the hearts were hiding, and then were able to mostly read or guess each word on the page as we explored. I originally pegged this book as one just for my 2-year-old and baby, but my 5-year-old enjoyed it just as much as the little ones.
I would love it if Chieu would make another version for pre-k aged kids featuring a number shape hunt! My 5-year-old son loved counting the shapes and figuring how many there were on each page.
My kids were so inspired by the images in the book that we spent the whole afternoon creating with some simple book-inspired shape activities .
The first thing we did was hunt for shape pieces and build a shape rocket.
Materials needed: pieces of colorful cardstock, scissors or a paper cutter, painters tape, and a roll of big art paper
Before we got started, I pre-cut the pieces to the rocket. I cut 3 small hearts, a diamond, 2 small triangles, 2 larger triangles, 1 big heart, a half circle, a punched circle, a long rectangle, and one small triangle for the tip! I had 13 shapes total.
Once the shapes were pre-cut I hid them all around our family room and drew a simple rocket outline onto our large drawing paper.
The kids ran around and found the shapes and then brought them back to the large drawing paper to try and create their rocket!
The rocket was modeled after the one on the cover of Away We Go! so they kept the book close by to help them as they were creating.
The colors weren't exactly the same as the images in the book because I wanted them to focus on matching the shapes, not just the colors.
My kids are big fans of hunting, so this shape rocket hunt will be one we do again and again.
Our next activity was to make our own shape vehicles!
Materials Needed: cardstock cut into a variety of shapes, large easel paper, circle punch, painters tape, scissors, and extra cardstock. Foam shape stickers are another optional item you could use.
Before we got started, I pre-cut several shapes in a variety of sizes and colors. My son helped me use our craft punch and punch out circles. Then I put out scissors and paper so that my son could cut any other shapes that he wanted.
I taped a large piece of easel paper onto the floor so that each child had a defined work space. Creating on white paper makes the colors and shapes stand out more.
They worked on their creations for awhile. I added foam shape stickers to my 2-year-old's work area to add an extra dimension to her project and also help her practice strengthening her little fingers by pulling the backs off the foam stickers.
Both kids enjoyed looking through Away We Go! for inspiration for their vehicles. My 5-year-old especially loved the challenge of trying to replicate some of the designs in the book or create his own version.
If I didn't have the right shapes, he made his own. He was especially interested in making the harder shapes that were included in the book- octagons and ovals!
In addition to creating our own activities, we have enjoyed exploring author Chieu Anh Urban's website, Facebook page, and blog.
On her blog Chieu also shares loads of fun activity ideas and printables.
Below is a sneak peek of some of the materials shared. Click on the links below each image to go to the site and download the files to print them out! Or click on the Pin It link below to go straight to Pinterest and pin these for later straight from Chieu Anh Urban's site.
Check it out: Shape and Seek coloring pages
Chieu is an author/illustrator as well as a graphic designer, so I think the things she comes up with are so adorable and perfect for my little ones. She is also a mom of three girls, so she knows what things keep kids excited and interested! You can learn more about Chieu here on her About Me page.
Chieu is also giving away two signed copies of Away We Go! to two Toddler Approved readers!
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Disclosure: This review and giveaway is sponsored by Chieu Anh Urban. I was compensated for the time and effort I spent reviewing the book and hosting the giveaway. Compensation does not include a positive review. All opinions shared in this post about how wonderful the book is are mine!