- construction paper
- art materials
- chart paper
- picture books
- flowerpots or planters with soil
- tape and glue
Objective: Children will explore stories in further depth as they enjoy these book-related activities.
Talk to children about their favorite books. What did they like about the characters? What events in these stories were particularly interesting to them? Provide art supplies and ask children to create a drawing about their favorite book. When the drawings are finished, attach each to a piece of dowel. "Plant" children's drawings by placing them in flowerpots and planters and display them around the room to create book bouquets.
My Own Bookmark
Provide art materials, including markers, crayons, stickers, and lengths of ribbon, and rectangular pieces of tag board children can use to create their own bookmarks. Children may want to draw pictures of their favorite story characters on the tag board markers. Print each child's name on the back of his/her marker. Later, allow children to use their markers to mark their places in the books in your library area. When children are in the book area, encourage them to notice the books their classmates are enjoying by "reading" the names on the bookmarks.
Explain to children that pantomime is a way of telling someone something without using words. Demonstrate pantomiming for the children, making happy, sad, or frightened faces, "running" in place, or going to "sleep." Invite children to play a storybook pantomime with a familiar story. Ask for volunteers to act out parts of the story as you read it to the class. Children can "play the part" for an entire story or change with other children. Encourage all children to participate, but remember that some children might be too shy to stand in front of the others and pantomime.
Curriculum Connection: ART
Make an Amazing Mural. Invite children to work together to create a mural of their favorite story characters. Provide paint, crayons, and a large sheet of craft paper children can use for mural making. Before beginning, have children identify their favorite stories. See if some of these stories are available on audio tape. As children work, have their favorite stories playing in the background. Later, label children's story characters and display the mural on a classroom wall.
Big Interactive Literacy Builders by Jane Baskwill
Chicken Soup With Rice by Maurice Sendak
The Thing That Bothered Farmer Brown by Teri Sloat