- Large brown paper grocery bags
- Chart paper
- Markers and crayons
- Bookbinding materials, including hole punch and small binder rings or yarn
- Creative thinking
- Language and literacy
Ask children if they know any riddles. If not, offer a few easy riddles to solve. Read a riddle book during story time to familiarize them with the concept.
The following day, during group time, show the class a large brown paper grocery bag. Explain that they will make a riddle book about things that they could buy that would fit into this bag. Invite children to create a list of item ideas and record their list on chart paper.
Provide each child with a paper bag and art materials. Ask them to draw a picture on one side of something they could buy that would fit into the bag. Encourage them to keep their drawings "a secret" in order to make solving the riddles more fun.
Plan time to work individually with each child to help him develop a riddle about his drawing. Write the riddle on the opposite side of the bag. For the purposes of keeping the book simple, start off each riddle by saying, "I went shopping. What did I buy? What will fit in my bag?"
Once everyone has completed their drawing and riddle, organize the pages so that the riddles are presented first. Use two other bags to make a front and back cover for the book, and invite interested children to illustrate them. Then bind the paper-bag pages together to make a book.
Remember: Children at this age may have some difficulty with descriptive language. You may need to engage them in discussions and ask questions in order to help them develop the language needed to create their riddles.
TAKE HOME ACTIVITY
Paper-Bag Puppets: Send home two or three lunch bags, along with some interesting art materials, including fabric or paper scraps, yarn, feathers, and a few wiggly eyes. Include a note asking families to make paper-bag puppets with their children. Ask them to then engage in pretend play with their children.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: MATH
Shopping-Bag Math: Collect a variety of paper shopping bags. Be sure to include different sizes, shapes, patterns, and logos. During small-group time, give children a bunch of bags and invite them to sort them into similar groups. Then ask them to explain why they grouped the bags together the way they did. Next, ask them to place the bags in size order.
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