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When You Find Colors and Shapes

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Author & Illustrator:
Angela Russ-Ayon

When You Find Colors and Shapes:

A Physically Interactive Early Math STEM-Based Children's Picture Book

Turn the pages, and you will see how fun colors and shapes can be. Find what you seek, and when you are through, you will be told just what to do. Shake or spin around and around. Climb up the mountain and come back down. Balance on one leg, jump, or bend, then run to share this with a friend.


This interactive concept book for young children combines physical activity, simple science, and early math while demonstrating cause and effect using the body in motion. Children identify colors and shapes, move as instructed, then observe where the shapes shift as a result of their moves. They come to understand geometric concepts like shape, size, space, and position. For example, when children jump up, the shapes fly up and hang in the air. When children spin around, centrifugal force sends the shapes into the form of a circle. When children curl their bodies tightly, the shapes form a ball. Imagination is required!

Format: Picture book

8.5" x 8.5"

Age: 3 up


Includes three black and white pages with shapes to copy, cut-out, decorate, and manipulate.

Available in English and Spanish/English

Also available in this book:

Shapes on activity pages to copy, color,
cut, position, and reposition.


Understanding colors, shapes, and spatial sense helps children communicate better, describe things more effectively, and problem-solve. They learn to think about attributes of objects and make observations about similarities and differences, which leads to the ability to sort and classify items based on easy-to-recognize characteristics. Letters and numbers are just complicated shapes children eventually learn to recognize and name. Why not have fun doing it?

Moves in Order:

Shake, twist from side to side, lift one foot and balance, turn around, swing your arms up and over, bend over and sweep, curl into a ball, march, jump (shout “Hooray), walk straight ahead, run, tap the book, clap to start over.

Open-ended inquiry to promote critical thinking:

  • "What do you notice on this page?"

  • “Describe what you see.”

  • “What happened to the shapes after you moved?”

  • “How did the shapes change?”

  • "Why do you think the shapes look like they do now?"

  • "What does this remind you of?”

  • "Show me what you can do with your shapes."

  • "How would you show me this shape using your body/a string?"

  • "How can you make your shape bigger/smaller?"

  • "What if you wanted to make a different shape?"

  • "How can you move like that?”

  • "What will happen if you add more shapes?"

  • "What if you got a friend to help?" - Angela Russ-Ayon -IMG_


  • Recognizing and identifying colors

  • Physical activity and developing motor skills

  • Recognizing geometric shapes and their characteristics

  • Exploring and describing spatial relationships

  • Developing and utilizing spatial memory

  • Learning about and experiencing spatial transformations

$12.95 Paperback


WYFCS-E   Paperback English

ISBN: 9781958627808

Bulk Orders: This title is available in bulk for early childhood and nutrition programs, conferences, non-profit initiatives, licensing, or grants that promote learning about shapes and colors, early math, science, and STEM initiatives. Contact the publisher ( | Russ InVision Co.) directly for quotes, orders, and discounted pricing.

Related terms and phrases: 

- Picture book about shapes and colors

- Interactive picture book

- Picture book with math concepts

- Picture book with early math

- Picture book with STEM concepts

- Picture book for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten

- Early childhood movement activity

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