What you need:
- construction paper
- hole punch
- crayons and/or markers
- picture books with animals (fiction and nonfiction)
What to do:
- To prepare for this activity, use construction paper to make a book. Punch holes along one side and use yarn to make a binding.
- Next, gather picture books that feature animals. These books can be a mixture of fictional stories (such as Dear Mrs. LaRue or The Three Little Pigs) and nonfiction (such as a book about farm animals). In Dear Mrs. LaRue by Mark Teague, a dog named Ike does some things that a real dog would do (howling). He does other things a dog would not do (write letters). Look through the books and invite your child to point out what things are real and what are pretend (or "silly").
- Now your child can make his own book. Make up a story about an animal. In the story, the animal can do some things a real animal would do, and some things a real animal would not do.
- In the book, draw pictures of the animal doing different activities. Some of these activities can be real and others can be pretend.
- Write captions beneath the pictures — your child can dictate them or help you with the writing.
- Later, encourage your child to "read" the story to a friend or family member. Can he point out which actions are real and which are pretend?