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 Kissing Hand” by Audrey Penn.
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:
The Kissing Hand Activities
What a great book! This book is so helpful in preparing children to be away from home or from their parent/s. The occasion may be their first day at school, or a sleepover, summer camp, a parent or child being hospitalized, being babysat while parents go out, or for foster children who miss their parents. Whenever there is a time a child will be away from you and feels scared, read this book with them, if possible.
Feelings. Nervous, happy, sad, glad, mad, upset, warm, sleepy, super, sick, shy, scared, angry
How did mother’s kiss make Chester feel ? (toasty warm inside)
How did Chester feel at the beginning of the story? Why did he feel that way?
Did the kiss help Chester when he was at school?
Why did Chester kiss his mother’s hand?
Using a mirror, what does your face look like when you feel: happy, sad, angry, sleepy, surprised…
How about using the camera and take your child’s feeling photos to use with the feelings chart?
Make a feelings chart for family members. How do you feel today? Here are two ideas that could help you make up your own. For my house, I need to consider space!
Make heart shaped cookies or hand shape ones, if you have a cookie cutter that shape. Place a Hershey’s kiss in the middle of either one.
Potato art stamps, finger paint hand print art,paper plate mask, paper bag racoon,
You Will Need:
Parchment Paper (wax paper),Pencil, Marker (regular or permanent) Wet sponge Note: regular marker will wash off easily. Permanent marker will last longer (but will not wash off as easily!)
Draw hearts on the parchment with pencil, then completely colour them in with the pencil. On top of the pencil shading, use a marker, of any colour, to completely cover over it. Now, flip the parchment over and place the drawing on a smooth area of the body. The marker colour needs to be against the skin. Place a wet (not too wet) sponge over the parchment and wait 30 seconds. S L O W L Y peel off the parchment from the skin. Hurrah, you have made a temporary tattoo!
I do hope you and your family enjoy these activities from The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn.
Next Week: My own book, Kieran the Pirate.
Photos courtesy of: Book cover: vickiblackwell.com Scared Girl: riskychronicles.com Sad Baby: face-and-emotion.com Angry Boy: indianapublicmedia.org Happy Boy: cleo deLancey personal photo 1st Feelings Chart: kidpointz.com 2nd Feelings Chart:https://www.etsy.com/listing/176328005/feelings-chart-children-feelings-chart The Kissing Hand Craftivity: teacherspayteachers.com Paper Bag Racoon : ditk-kids.com Paper Plate Racoon Mask: blogs.familyeducation.com Poem and Hand Art: whenlifehandsyouabrokenheart.blogspot.com Potato Print: laughingkidslearn.com Temporary Tattoo: MeriCherry.com