Reading Aloud Activity

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 | Resources

Pick a Circle, Gather Squares

Suggested Age: Preschool-Grade 2

Submitted by Marsha Pauline, State Librarian, Hilo Public Library

Book: Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky


A young boy and girl go with their dad to a pumpkin patch. They see many different shapes in various objects around the farm. For example, triangles are represented by apple pie wedges. The shapes children find include circles, stars, triangles, hexagons, diamonds, rectangles and squares. This is a good book to help children recognize and learn basic shapes.

Activity: Felt Board Activity: Shapes


  • Felt board
  • Colored felt
  • Scissors


  1. Cut out the following shapes: circles, star, triangles, hexagon, diamond, rectangle, oval, and square.
  2. As you read the story, have children find the correct shape and place it onto a felt board near the basket.


Example: Read page about a circle and have children find a circle to place on the felt board.