Oodles of Shape Flowers: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

March 20, 2012

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Book of the Week: Oodles of Animals by Lois Ehlert

Why we love this book:

Inspiration! Lois Ehlert’s books are full of ideas that spark learning fun. We love how Lois Ehlert combines bold, collage art with books full of simple facts for children. This week we are continuing our gardening theme with Lois Ehlert’s Planting a Rainbow by creating shape collage flowers.

I actually thought of this idea after reading Oodles of Animals. The animals are made by cleverly combing simple shapes. The children gather a little artistic and mathematics inspiration from Planting a Rainbow, Oodles of Animals and many other Ehlert books!

 Oodles of Collage Shape Flowers


  • Lois Ehlert books
  • pattern blocks
  • cut-out paper shapes
  • white card stock
  • scissors
  • glue

pattern block tower, Miss Enigma, age 5

Step 1: Pattern block free exploration

  • News Flash! Children like to play! Shocking, I know!
  • So why fight it? I give children opportunities to play and explore.
  • If pattern blocks are new or it has been a while since the children have manipulated pattern blocks, give them an opportunity to explore freely with the manipulative.

Miss Enigma began free exploration time by building a tower. She builds towers out of everything. Before long her pet shop animals were joining in on the fun. That’s why I let her play!

pattern block scorpion, MacGyver, age 8

Since it has been a quite a while since MacGyver has used pattern blocks, I also gave him free time to play. He made a scorpion, jet, rocket . . .

MacGyver also asked to use our magnetic pattern blocks.

Step 2: Pattern Block Templates

  • Pattern block templates give children the opportunity to see how shapes work together to create objects.
  • The templates also allow children to develop their small motor skills.
  • This directed exploration time gives me an opportunity to interact with the children and discuss the names and attributes of each shape.

Miss Engima was quite proud of all of the things she could make out of shapes.

Step 3: Read aloud Planting a Rainbow

  • After reading aloud Planting a Rainbow, we played “I Spy Shapes” on the pages of the book.
  • Page after page, the children shouted out all of the shapes Ehlert used throughout the book.

Pattern Block Flower, MacGyver, age 8

Step 4: Creating Pattern Block Flowers

  • The children were given the opportunity to use Ehlert’s books to gain inspiration.
  • I asked the children, “What are the parts of a flower?”
  • The children included petals, stems and leaves

Pattern Block Flower, Miss Enigma, age 5

Morning Glory Shape Collage, MacGyver, age 8

Step 5: Collage Shape Flowers

  • Since the children are growing a Morning Glory Tepee, both of the kiddos wanted to collage morning glory flowers.
  • MacGyver cut out his own shapes.

Morning Glory Shape Collage, Miss Enigma, age 5

  • Miss Enigma mostly used pre-cut shapes.
  • Her brother was nice enough to cut her a star for the center of her morning glory.
  • Take a look at an morning glory. It really does look like a star in the middle of the flower.

We’re GIVING AWAY one hardcover copy of  Oodles of Animals by Lois Ehlert.

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What spring flowers are in bloom in your neck of the woods? The wildflowers here in the Texas Hill Country are simply gorgeous! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Sunday, March 25, 2012

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, March 26, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin March 20, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Oh my goodness, looks like a book I can use for my class library! I have planting a rainbow, wonderful book for fun activities to follow.

Ellie March 21, 2012 at 3:06 am

In our neck of the woods, it’s still a bit early for flowers! We’re just coming out of winter here! (Cold, northern climate…) But I think we’ll be doing some planting and seeing some colorful blooms in another couple of weeks or so!
This book sounds great, and I love the project it inspired. We’ll be trying this project for ourselves while we wait for the real flowers to blossom!

Kerri Heinrich March 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

We have daffodils, Forsythia, Redbud trees, and other flowers blooming right now. We go on a field trip in a few weeks to see some wildflowers in our backyard, The Great Smoky Mountain National park.

Heather March 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

My favorite wildflower here is the Lady Slipper. They’re beautiful!

Tiffany March 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm

So far, we have daffodils and tulips. Some magnolia trees are in bloom as well.

Natalie March 22, 2012 at 1:07 am

This is a great book. We are in Nor Cal, so a lot of flowers even finished blooming already, but daffodils and tulips are doing great. My favorites, however, are California poppies – they are gorgeous!

Rochelle Tervalon March 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

I attend class on saturday, really enjoyed it.

Tara H March 24, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Here in GA we have LOTS of pollen, but since that’s not a plant I should tell you that I saw some gorgeous azaleas just today! :)

Lynda Matlock March 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Lots of wild flowers!! My favorite are the bluebonnets ans Indian Paintbrush.

Jeannine March 26, 2012 at 6:18 pm

We feel your POLLEN pain here in the Texas Hill Country. Spring is beautiful but WOW the pollen!!! It’s been a rough couple weeks.

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