Toddler Activity for Madeline

Book activities give kids a way to continue their experience with their favorite books. Kids continue to play and imagine and explore and extend their love of favorite books. Which in turn makes them love and appreciate books more.

We played a shape game – great for toddlers and preschoolers and (of course!) super easy to set up.

Fun shape activity for toddlers and preschoolers!

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This month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids book is Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans. We played a game based on the “twelve little girls in two straight lines.”

First we traced the two straight lines in the book (as the girls walked, slept, and ate). We counted how many girls there were (12) and how many there were on each side (6). We did that a couple of times, to get the idea of 2 straight lines of 6.

Then we played our shape game.

Play this fun shapes game with your toddler! IShape Activity for Madeline

  • 2 long rectangular strips of paper
  • 12 of the same shaped objects (we used rectangular duplos, flower stickers, circle cutouts, and square post-it notes)
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Easy set up for game to learn shapes for preschoolers and toddlers


Choose 3 or 4 sets of 12 objects. The 12 objects should be the same shapes (for example, 12 circles).

Set out the 2 long rectangular strips of paper. Make sure they are each long enough to easily fit 6 of the objects you have selected.

Fun shape activity!

Take one set of 12 objects, and count them with your child. Help your child place the 12 objects into 2 straight lines.

For older kids, you can create patterns, or stack shapes on top of each other.

You can also call the smallest shape Madeline!

Simple activity for practicing shapes with toddlers and preschoolers!

If you want to check out the additional Madeline inspired activities shared by our other Virtual Book Club hosts, please click on the links below:

Name in Bed & Name Writing Activity by Preschool Powol Packets
Madeline Small World & Sensory Bin by Study at Home Mama
Madeline Snack by Still Playing School
Learning about Body Parts with Madeline by I Can Teach My Child
Exploring Art & Color by Mama Miss
Made”line” Sensory Tray Writing by Growing Book by Book
Madeline Movement Game by Mom Inspired Life
Doubles Activity by Toddler Approved
Build the Eiffel Tower by Inspiration Laboratories
Skip counting 2’s with Madeline by Rainy Day Mum
Flowers for Madeline by The Educators’ Spin On It

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