This month the Summer Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Kevin Henkes. He has TONS of fabulous books for kids … and the blogs that are participating are sure to come with TONS of wonderful related activities. Many of the bloggers are even doing giveaways of Kevin Henkes books … so make sure you check them out! (the blog hop is attached at the bottom of this post!)
The idea for the project I came up with for this month required the kids to do the activity/craft first … and THEN read the book. (previous Virtual Book Club posts)
I presented my kids, Henry (6) and Honor (3), with a sheet of black paper and a white circle … then asked them to create anything they wanted.
Henry quickly got to work. Honor’s process was slower … and required paint (per her
request demand!). While working on their projects they both told me what they were making … Henry made a white Angry Bird; Honor made a circle (I love the developmentally on-target lack of symbolism!)
THEN I read them…
If you haven’t read the book already (look out … SPOILER ALERT!) the kitten in the book thinks that the full moon is a “little bowl of milk in the sky”. On her mission to get to the “milk” she runs into a few mishaps. While reading the book we talked about why the kitten would think the moon and other objects were a bowl of milk (frame of reference) … and we also talked about the pictures they had made. Honor changed her mind and decided that her picture was of the moon and then moon being reflected in the pond!
I love that I can easily adapt this project into one to use in play therapy … to discuss thinking creatively and understanding frame of reference.
AND, I’d love to hear what your kids come up with. PLEASE leave me a comment to share!!!
This is a the August Virtual Book Club for Kids Blog Hop – our co-hosts are:
Toddler Approved, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, Rainy Day Mum, Reading Confetti,Inspiration Laboratories, Play Dr. Mom, Mommy and Me Book Club, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Two Big Two Little, Creative Connections for Kids, The Golden Gleam,Juggling with Kids, Taming the Goblin, Crafty Moms Share, Ready Set Read 2 Me,Famiglia and Seoul, The Good Long Road, The Educator’s Spin On It, Imagination Soup,3 Dinosaurs, Royal Baloo, Being A ConsciousParent, No Twiddle Twaddle, Crayon Freckles, The Pleasantest Thing, Adventures in Reading with Kids, Smile, Play, Learn,Creekside Learning, and Teach Preschool
- A few rules for joining in with the blog hop/Link up only posts inspired by Kevin Henkes that share children’s book inspired crafts, activities, recipes, etc. Any other posts will be deleted.
- Visit other blog posts on the linky and comment on or share the ones you love!
- Add our Virtual Book Club button to your post if you’d like.
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Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.