Shape Song Swingalong + Giveaway!

Read It. Move It. Share It. is a collaboration with Kerry from Picture Books and Pirouettes. Once a month Kerry recommends a book for me to use in my creative movement classes. Then I write a post on what I did with the book and how I used it with the kids in hopes of giving you some new ideas to use in your classes! Here is the November book. Enjoy!

My goal in every class is to offer my students something they can take with them, whether it be remembering it at school or showing their parents when they get home. The Shape Song Swingalong book offers so many opportunities to teach about things out in the world. What’s better than that? Here’s how I used the book with my 3 and 4 year olds:

The book comes with a CD, which means you can sing the book. My favorite! First we listened to the book along with the song. It’s really catchy! I extracted the chorus for our dance class. The chorus goes like this:

line, line, circle, circle, square, square, square, square, triangle triangle…

We thought of the shapes this way for our dance:
line = straight shape
circle= round shape
square= closed up shape
triangle= pointed shape

In the video of the song they do a little dance with their hands, but since it’s dance class I wanted to extend the dance into the whole body.  We sang the chorus over and over to practice our shapes. Each time getting a little faster. Then we played the song to see if we could do it to the music. It was super fun and a big challenge!

Also in the book their are opportunities to make group shapes using the shapes we just learned. I have been wanting to introduce group shapes and thought this would be the perfect opportunity! We turned our lines, circles, squares, and triangles into big skyscrappers that were tall and pointed. A car with round wheels. A boat with closed windows, and  a sandcastle with straight sides so they didn’t fall over. They loved the group shapes and since they were out of the book we had a visual to look at for building them! It was tons of fun to see 3 and 4 year olds working together as a team. I facilitated the ideas, but they were talking and figuring it out together. Cue the problem solving lesson! 🙂

So now that you have an idea of what to do with the book with children here’s the big reveal! Barefoot Books is kindly giving away a copy of The Shape Song Swingalong and accompanying CD to one lucky reader of my blog OR Kerry’s blog. Yippie! That means you can win the book and then use it to teach your students about shapes!

If you win the book, will you write us back with how you used it? We want to know how you end up using it with the little ones in your life–be that in a dance class, in a traditional school setting, at home, or somewhere else. 

Here are the details for winning! There are three ways you can enter the giveaway. If you do one of them, you will be entered once. If you do two, you will be entered twice. And if you do all three, you will have three chances to win:

1) Leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite shape is and why. Mine is a triangle or pointed shape.

2) Swing on over to read Kerry’s post and leave a comment letting her know what your favorite type of creating is. 

3) Like Barefoot Books on Facebook and then let either me or Kerry know in a separate comment.

Leave your comments by 11:59 pm EST on December 7, 2011. Kerry and I will then pool the responses and randomly pick a winner. That’s it! Easy, right?

So what do you think? How will you use the book? Don’t you think the book would be perfect for math class too? Barefoot Books continues to amaze me with their song and book duo. I can’t wait for you to try it out!

p.s. If you’d like to learn more about the book in the meantime, you can check out this interview with SteveSongs via the Barefoot Books blog. Thank you Barefoot Books!


 This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for entering! 



  1. Hi Maria,
    This book sounds great! And I love Barefoot books anyway… I love working with shapes in dance class, young and old. Along with making shapes with our bodies, I also utilize various props to lay on the floor, making shapes for us to dance in, around, and so forth. I like making circles on the floor for turns, triangles on the floor for passes, etc. In one class, I make a circle for hopping inside and then skipping around (using flowers or star wands,etc) In one class I have a student that always wants to make her own shape on the floor next to mine with the extra props… when I ask her “what shape are you making?” she always responds “An Octagon” … which always surprises me because the actual shape that she makes on the floor is more like a pointy star fish… LOL.
    Anyway, I love working with shapes (in our bodies and with the props)
    Thanks for sharing this book with us, Maria!!!

  2. Hi Maria,

    I’m so excited about this collaboration you’re doing with Picture Books and Pirouettes. I always love new ideas for incorporating books in class.

    My favorite shape? I haven’t thought about that in years. But I will say I love the shapes I get when I ask my students to make a pointy shape in class.

    And my favorite extension is to then ask them to hold their shape so I can take their picture. I go around to each one with my imaginary camera and say “click.” I think they’d hold them forever to make sure I get everyone’s picture:)

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      Liz I do the picture idea too. They love it, but it’s still so hard for them to be still! Thanks for your comment!

  3. What a fun giveaway! I love Barefoot Books…. especially the ones that come with CD’s. My favorite shape is a “star” because it is fun to do “star pose” in my OMazing Kids Yoga classes along with the song “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and helping kids learn how they are each a “star” 🙂

  4. Wow!!! I love the books 🙂 so much fun for kids of all abilities!!

    My fav shape is a cicrle it’s the shape of pie, pizza, donuts, tires that make it so much easier to go 😉 and I have a love for Euclidean geometry!

  5. I love circles. They just seem so nice as they don’t have any sharp edges.

  6. Hi Maria, I forgot to tell you my favorite shape… I think a star shape. Star shapes are so much fun… you can make them laying flat on the floor, standing tall, and then I like to have the stars in my classes “fold” their star shapes, make them upside down and twist them too. Stars are great! And then I tell all my students that they are all my “superstars”!!!

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