Shiny Showy Shapes Alliteration Activity

Shiny showy shapes shall show sharpness.  Yep, we are getting silly today.  Really that is what learning should really be about with kids.  Our literacy activities should be fun, silly and memorable!

This week my wonderful Early Childhood Educators Team is tackling the theme: SHAPES.  I’m going to show you how we turned a lesson about shape recognition into a fun and playful phonological awareness activity.  We are playing with alliteration.

Shapes alliteration activity is a fun and playful way to build phonological awareness. Plus, you work on shape recognition.

Alliteration Activity

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What is Phonological Awareness?

Phonological awareness is the ability to hear differences in the ways words sound.   Just as young children need to hear language before they can talk, they also need to hear language before they can read.  Children with phonological awareness can do such things as identify initial sounds in words, count syllables in words, and identify words that rhyme.  Having a strong phonological awareness is a precursor to being a strong reader.

What is Alliteration?

Alliteration is a series of words in a phrase or sentence that begin with the same sound.  Tongue twisters are examples of alliteration.

Making Shapes

First, we made fun shape people.  We cut different shapes from construction paper and then decorated each one with glitter glue, shiny paper, and crayons.

As we made the shapes we talked about different objects in the house that were similar shapes.  Use any shapes your child needs to practice.  Four or five work great for this activity.

Creating Alliteration Tales

Then, we started to brainstorm words that began with the same sound as rectangle.  My 3 and 4 year-old both did a pretty good job with generating words orally.

making a shape for an alliteration game

I took a few of their words and strung them together to create a silly sentence.  I said, “Robot rectangle rides round and round really rowdy in the racing ring.”   This generated lots of smiling and laughing.  Not all of the words in your alliteration style sentence need to begin with the same sound.  You just need most of them to begin with the same sound.

My oldest caught on very quickly and created the next alliteration for heart.  He came up with, “Harry heart hides hens and hippos high on the hill.”

Make a shape for the phonological awareness activity

When you pick triangle, you want to use the digraph tr.  Some words that would work would be tree, try, truck, trick, trail and trunk.  The same goes with square.  Use the trigraph squ in words such as squirt, squirm, squire and squat.


Here are a few books filled with alliteration to enjoy reading to your child.


We had so much fun giggling with this alliteration activity as we built phonological awareness.

Now, check out all the other shape themed ideas the Early Childhood Education team shared.

Roll and Cover The Shapes Alphabet Activity by Mom Inspired Life

Shapes Preschool Theme Sand Writing Tray by Learning 2 Walk

Mixing Shapes with Our Bodies – Group Activity by Capri + 3

Shape Sensory Squish Bag by Still Playing School

Shape I Spy for Preschoolers: Free Printable by Life Over C’s

Exploring Shapes with Yarn by Tiny Tots Adventures

Playdough Shapes Building Challenge for Preschoolers by The Preschool Toolbox Blog

DIY Shapes Puzzle by Munchkins and Moms

Preschool Shape Hunt Activities by Fun-A-Day

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About Jodie Rodriguez

Jodie Rodriguez is a mom of two young boys and an early childhood/elementary educator with over 18 years of experience. Jodie's passion is helping parents, teachers, librarians and anyone else interested in nurturing our youngest readers.


  1. How fun! My son loves making up silly sentences so he would get a real kick out of this!

  2. What a great alliteration exercise. Even if they are too little to come up with their own sentences, they can learn a lot about alliteration by listening.

  3. Tongue twisters are always fun.

  4. I love the book list that goes with this activity! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Wow, your 4 year old came up with a pretty awesome sentence! I need to start trying alliteration sentences with my oldest!


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