Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Mo Williems is this month's featured author for the Virtual Book Club For Kids.  We adore these books.  --And book club!

* StoryDon't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Williems.
* Age:  2.5
* Activities/ Experiences:
          1. Practicing decision-making skills, creating a coloring book.
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1. After reading this funny story, we made a coloring book together, in a game-like fashion.  --Initially came up with this idea as a chance for K to practice decision-making, as selections have become quite a challenge lately, I tell ya!  (This morning, for instance, there she was.  Looking back & forth between two towels...  For an eternity...  Tapping her cheek...  "Hmm, let me think..."  Just to select the perfect one to wipe spilled tea!)  --So decision-making was the main objective, but a great experience for fine motor, language, number & letter recognition, sequencing, & creativity skills too.
To begin, I printed off a couple Mo Williems characters,
among other illustrations, and placed two pictures
in each of four manilla envelopes.
To highlight the decision-making aspect of this activity,
K was presented the envelopes one at a time to select between
the two pictures.  --And was excited to open her "presents!"
After a little deliberation & lots of "Hmm let me think,"
she taped her first selection on the paper I'd bound together.
Then repeated the process with each envelope,
creating a nice little story by the end of envelope #4.
Page 1 options:
The pigeon
or
Elephant and piggie
Page 2 options:
ate a banana
or
ate a strawberry

 Page 3 options:
on a bus
or
on an airplane
Page 4 options:
in the rain.
or
in the sunshine.
Her final story = "The pigeon ate a banana on an airplane in the sunshine."

After all the decisions were taped in,
we had a fun book to read & color.
"I made this book," K keeps saying,
and enjoys playing teacher with it!
Check out more book ideas on the Book Club's Facebook Page!
Lots of creative mums!!