With summer coming, we all know what a relief it is for kids to have less academic focus and more free time. However, whether your child is excited about mathematics or dreads it, some attention to school learning is a good idea. Explore Shapes and Angles! by Jeanette Moore and illustrated by Matt Aucoin is a fun, accessible book that combines art, movement, and silly interactions in projects that make the geometrical concepts come to life. It is recommended for children ages 7-10.
Some examples of projects include using a mirror to explore symmetry, performing yoga moves to explore angles, and origami and paint appear to teach intersecting lines and various shapes. Several of the 25 projects also encourage friends or family members to participate. The directions are easy, and the results are clearly related to the concept being presented.
The illustrations throughout the book are expressive and simple. The color scheme and recurring characters will make the book feel non-threatening even while it includes both simple and complicated concepts.
An extensive glossary and resources for further exploration round out Explore Shapes and Angles! And for more tech-savvy families, there are QR codes throughout the book to access primary sources and other goodies. The publisher’s website also has free teacher resources.
Thanks to the generosity of Nomad Press, we have a copy of Explore Shapes and Angles! to giveaway. By Thursday, June 21st, at 3 PM, let us know in comments what your favorite shape is…or just that you’d love a copy of the book! Open to residents of the USA only.