Thinking Creatively … featuring a book by Kevin Henkes

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 ApprovedMom to 2 Posh Lil DivasRainy Day MumReading Confetti,Inspiration LaboratoriesPlay Dr. MomMommy and Me Book ClubKitchen Counter ChroniclesTwo Big Two LittleCreative Connections for KidsThe Golden Gleam,Juggling with KidsTaming the GoblinCrafty Moms ShareReady Set Read 2 Me,Famiglia and SeoulThe Good Long RoadThe Educator’s Spin On ItImagination Soup,3 DinosaursRoyal BalooBeing A ConsciousParentNo Twiddle TwaddleCrayon FrecklesThe Pleasantest ThingAdventures in Reading with KidsSmile, Play, Learn,Creekside Learning, and Teach Preschool

  1. 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.
  2. Visit other blog posts on the linky and comment on or share the ones you love!
  3. Add our Virtual Book Club button to your post if you’d like.


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Laura Hutchison

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.

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  1. Carolyn

    We are going to try this out tomorrow. Great idea!

  2. Bethany @ No Twiddle Twaddle

    I wanted to do Kitten’s First Full Moon for the blog hop, but couldn’t think of an activity, but your activity is perfect! I shared on my fb wall this morning. : )

  3. Laura

    Thanks for the wonderful comment and compliment, Bethany!

  4. Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It

    Amanda’s going to be doing this book too, I can’t wait to see what she shares. It’s such a fun book for creative thinking and guessing what can it be.

  5. Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

    Great idea! Creative Thinking all the way…

  6. Mama Cass

    Hmm… posted my sponge activity to the wrong area. While it would go along nicely with “Lily Brown’s Paintings,” in which she includes stars in her paintings, it wasn’t a specific book-related activity as required. Sorry about that!

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