It is the last Virtual Book Club for Kids of the season. Our featured author this month is Bill Martin, Jr.. We picked Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? to read and then created an alphabet activity to compliment the story.
If you are new to Virtual Book Club for Kids here is a little background. The Educators’ Spin On It, Toddler Approved and Rainy Day Mum have put together a wonderful line-up of great authors and books to explore. Talented bloggers share activities to compliment the books. You are invited to try out as many of the ideas that you feel would be a good fit for your kids.
Now, onto the Bill Martin, Jr. book and activity we chose this month.
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Brown Bear Activity and Book
The Book: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
In Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? each animal spots a different colored animal on each page. The text is full of repetition and rhythm which makes it a favorite read-aloud choice. And, the illustrations are done by the beloved Eric Carle.
Letter identification is a skill that needs lots and lots of hands-on practice. We had so much fun chanting and spotting letters in this activity.
Materials Needed: white or light colored tissue paper, white construction paper, adhesive circle dots, magic marker, various colors of paint, empty oatmeal container, empty smaller container, double-stick removable tape and transparent tape
1. Eric Carle paints tissue paper and then cuts shapes out to create collages for his illustrations. Paint a piece of tissue paper to mimic Carle’s work. Let dry.
2. Cover the large and small container with the tissue paper. Place a piece of double-sided removable on each container.
3. Cut out a set of eyes. You can do this by hand, but I used my new Cricut Explore to make it super quick and easy. Then, place an adhesive dot on each eye to create an eyeball.
4. Write upper and lowercase letters that your child needs to work on each eye.
5. Spread the letter eyes on the table or floor. Place both containers near the eyes.
You are now ready to play and learn.
Select a letter to place on the big container. Say, “Big letter, big letter, what do you see?” Select a little letter eye and then say, “I see a little ____ looking at me.” Place that letter on the small container.
Your child then takes the small container and says, “Little letter, little letter, what do you see?” He or she selects an uppercase letter eye and identifies it. The chant continues, “I see a big ____ at me.”
Play continues until all the letters have been identified.
My 3 year-old then created his own version of the game. He took the little container and bounced it on top of the bigger container chanting, “Little ___, little ___ bouncing on ___ (letter on big container). Being silly just like me.”
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