Have you ever watched as a young child plays with their shadow on a sunny day? They contort their bodies, using their imaginations as their shadow becomes a bird, an elephant, or even a dinosaur.
On a recent trip to the library we discovered The Shape of Me and Other Stuff , a fun Dr. Seuss book that takes that child-hood love of shadows and gets kids thinking about shapes in a whole new way.
After reading the book we had fun with this simple silhouette activity — a perfect activity for The Shape of Me and Other Stuff.
(Related: Dr. Seuss Crafts and Activities)
The illustrations in The Shape of Me and Other Stuff are all silhouettes.
As we read the book it was fun to look at the shapes of each shadowy picture and determine what each was supposed to be. It reminded me of a fun game I had played as a child.
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff silhouette activity
To recreate this silhouette activity you will need several objects that are fairly flat.
Trace each object onto a piece of white paper. Color in the shape of each object so it is a solid color, just like the illustrations in Dr. Seuss’ book.
Then see if your child can guess what made each shape.
After your child successfully figures out what made each shape, let them create their own colorful silhouettes.
For younger children you may want to have a variety of mostly flat items already on hand. (Try a key, roll of tape, comb, spoon, and a few small toys.) Toddlers and young preschoolers may need help holding the item still as they trace around it.
Older kids will have fun going on a scavenger hunt for items to trace. Mine tried very hard to find items that would stump me!
Other Activities for The Shape of Me and Other Stuff:
- Grab a bright light and use items to create shadows on the wall with your child. Talk about how the shadows change depending on how you place them in the light.
- Make simple shadow puppets and put on a puppet show.
- If it’s a sunny day, try this sun fading activity to make shapes.
We love doing crafts and activities to go with our favorite books! It is a wonderful way to make reading more fun for kids and bring books to life.
If you liked our The Shape of Me and Other Stuff activity, you may also like:
- Yertle the Turtle Game
- 15 Dr. Seuss Activities for Older Kids
- Subtraction Squish — Hands on activity to teach subtraction
- Craft Stick Catapults — Fun STEM activity for all ages
Karen @ Raising Little Superheroes says
What a fun learning activity for kids! I love using books to introduce children to new vocabulary and concepts! Thank you for participating in the Book Inspired Blog Hop!
We love doing activities for our favorite Dr. Seuss books. Thanks so much for hosting!
This is nice idea to keep kids engaged in learning activity. Will try this for sure. Thanks for sharing.
Ambika S says
An interesting activity for an interesting book. Sure, it would be great to be use around in March, with Dr.Seuss’ birthday around. From Booknificient Thursday
We love celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday each March. Thanks so much for stopping by!
This is a great activity that can be used with lots of books! Thanks!
It definitely could be used with many great books.
Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom says
I love to take books and pull activity ideas out of them.
This is awesome and so easy to organize.
Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Tina at Mommynificent says
This is great! Just last night, I was brainstorming more activities for my 3-year old because I feel he gets left out in the midst of our crazy homeschooling days sometimes. This will be perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday this week!