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If You Give a Pig…Make Books Come Alive – #2

For Children, acting out a book, or other activities is a way to expand imaginations, develop language, explore drama, promote literacy and build vocabulary.

So, are you using your children’s story books as a springboard into play?  Children love books and want to read them over and over..and over!  So use play as a way to expand and enrich their book experience.

Want to try something new and fun?  Choose a book, for this post, lets choose, “If You Give A Pig A Pancake” by Laura Numeroff.

Don’t have the book at home?  NO worries, you can watch and listen to it (and others) on You Tube at “Nook Online Storytime.”  use this link:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nook+online+storytime

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Let’s Cook:

Making pancakes with any child is easy and fun! It may be messy too, but that easily cleans up. You will need to make both large and small pancakes.  Large, for the pig’s head, one small for the nose, alternative is a slice of pineapple (whole round) or banana slice.  Make two smaller pancakes for the eyes if you choose.  Then decorate.  Use chocolate chips, blueberries or raisins for the irises and nose holes.  You can make ears from ripped pancakes or use fruit such as cut strawberries.

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Here is a good pancake recipe:  Feeds 4.

Pre-mix the following dry ingredients.

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 Tbsp baking powder

2 Tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

In a separate bowl mix the following and then add to the dry ingredients.

2 eggs

2 cups milk

4 Tbsp oil

If you give a pig a pancake it may want some syrup!

Language development:

Does your family call pancakes by a different name? Some people call them hotcakes, flapjacks, flap-cakes or griddlecakes.

Think of words that start with P or the “p”  sound.  Like: pig, pancake, pajamas, peaches, pizza, paper, plate. Can you and your children think of more P words?  Make a list.

Sequencing Activities: for older children 3 and up.

What did the pig want first, second?  Then what happened? What will the pig want next?

Art Activities:

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I hope you try this and have fun with bringing this book to life!

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3 Little Pigs…Make Books Come Alive #1

For Children, acting out a book, or other activities is a way to expand imaginations, develop language, explore drama, promote literacy and build vocabulary.

So, are you using your children’s story books as a springboard into play?  Children love books and want to read them over and over..and over!  So use play as a way to expand and enrich their book experience.

  Oh, and it is just plain fun!

Want to try something new and fun?  Choose a book, for this post, lets choose, “The Three Little Pigs” by James Marshall.

Don’t have the book at home?  NO worries, you can watch and listen to it (and others) on You Tube at “Nook Online Storytime.”  use this link:

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nook+online+storytime

If there are too few children to act it as a play, how about this craft idea from pinterest?

OR:

If there are enough people, you can each have a role and act it out.  Get some rolls of brown paper. These are great for many things (art work, wrapping paper, table covers) and draw/paint the walls for the little pigs houses (straw, stick, brick).  Paper Plates make awesome masks!

Make a hat for each player:      3a0ed99b198a06b26c94c7bf5822f521

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Have fun, your child will love the hands on activity and YOU !

Coming Soon: tips for enrichment ideas in future blog posts:

“If You Give a Pig a Pancake” by Laura Numeroff

” The Mitten” by Jan Brett

“The Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn

“Kieran the Pirate” by Cleo deLancey

If you have a book that you would like to see, or want ideas for, please leave a comment and I will do my best to find you some enrichment activities.  Thank you.

Just new and getting started

Kieran the Pirate

WOW! First blog gitters!  I’m sure all bloggers began with these!

“TalesForTheYoung”  ..I enjoy writing for young children.  My present book,Kieran the Pirate (http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000000639859), is about a 3 year old boy who loves to play dress up. He discovers a pirate hat.  He doesn’t have any other part to his costume, but believes he is a scary pirate anyway.  His extended family help him with the items he needs.  This act boosts his confidence!

I wrote this book, inspired by my eldest grandson, who moved across the country and I missed him so much.  I tried to keep a relationship by telephone (no skype back then), but a 3 year old would rather go play.  To keep his interest, I would tell him made up stories or read him easy reader books.  If any character had a name, I substituted his.  And thus began my writing career!

I tried to keep in mind the reading and enjoyment level of 2 to 5 year old children.  Sometimes it is difficult to keep the complexity of the words down to their level.  I aimed for some repetition as it helps this age group participate in the telling.  As well, when introducing the items of the pirate costume, I used the illustrations to help them with the identification the item.

An underlying theme for adults is that DIY costumes are fairly easy to accomplish with items from home. Dress up is fun!

I also want adults to use the format of this book to help children with prediction skills.  What does a pirate wear or what else does he need?

For the 2 and 3 years old, it can be used to identify titles to family members.  Adults can ask, “Do you have an Auntie?”and “What is her name?” Other titles in the book are Grandfather, Brother, Uncle, Great-Grandfather, Grandmother, Mother, and cousin.

more on writing for young children soon…