- construction paper
- lightweight paper (for flaps)
- old magazines with pictures of animals
- art supplies
- child safety scissors, yarn or binder rings
Objective: Children will use their expressive-language and creative thinking skills to create a talking-animal lift-the-flap book.
In Advance: Prepare a lift-the-flap animal book described in step number 2. Also, collect a variety of lift-the-flap books to share with children. If possible, choose stories with animal characters.
- Ask children what animals they are familiar with. What sounds do the animals make? Ask children to make sounds like dogs barking, cows mooing, and so on. Now ask children to think about what animals might say if they could talk. If children have pets or other interactions with animals (for instance, if they ride horses or live on a farm), they might think about what these animals might say to them. Ask questions such as: "What might a dog say when he's hungry? What would a horse say if she were happy to see you?"
- Share some of the lift-the-flap books you collected. Then make your own: Fold a piece of construction paper in half. On one half, paste a picture of an animal cut out of a magazine. On the other half, draw the animal "saying" something (the words can be written under the drawing or in a cartoon bubble). Tape a small piece of paper over the words so readers will see the picture, then lift the flap to see what the animal has to say. Share your book with children.
- Invite children to create a very special lift-the-flap animal book of their own. Set out old magazines and ask children to find pictures of animals that they like. You might have to assist children with folding the pages and cutting out the pictures. After the pictures have been pasted onto the pages, talk with children about what the animals in the pictures might say. Add children's dictations to their drawings. Then show children how to attach the "flap" over their drawings.
- Ask children to create a cover for their lift-the-flap book. Bind the folded pages together with yarn or binder rings. Display the book in your library area.
Curriculum Connection: SCIENCE
Who Made the Tracks? Use a tongue depressor or pencil to create an image of bear tracks in a flattened piece of clay. Show the clay to children. Display several animal pictures near the clay, including a picture of a bear, and see if children can match the animal to the print. Continue the activity by drawing a variety of animal prints in the clay and seeing if children can identify the animal they belong to.
The Cat in the Hat's Great Big Flap Book by Dr. Seuss
Franklin's Pet Problem by Paulette Bourgeois
Where Is Zak? by Graham Philpot