This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids team has come up with some super creative activities that correlate with Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems. I’m sharing a hands-on button sensory activity for working on story retelling to build comprehension.
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 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.
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The Book: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs is a fun compliment to the traditional The Three Little Bears. The Three Dinosaurs have prepared the bait (aka chocolate pudding) and have gone for their “walk” while they wait for their prey (aka Goldilocks) to arrive. It’s not long before Goldilocks stumbles across the house in the woods. She is quite disappointed in the large size of chairs and beds. Soon, she hears a loud noise and quickly realizes that she isn’t the bears house, but rather the dinosaurs. Luckily for back doors, she makes a quick escape.
Sensory Retelling Activity
PREPARING THE SENSORY ACTIVITY
Materials Needed: plastic tray or jelly roll pan, traditional plain white shaving cream, brown food coloring
Squirt a mound of shaving cream onto a tray. Add brown food coloring and mix. Our brown coloring was too thick so we ended up mixing red and green liquid food coloring instead. Smooth the mixture (aka chocolate pudding) on the tray. Presto, you are ready to use your sensory tray for story retelling.
PLAYING WITH THE RETELLING ACTIVITY
After reading the story at least once, use the sensory tray while talking about the book. Let the kids draw with their finger in the “pudding” as they recount the story.
Have your child draw the bowls (three sizes) of chocolate pudding. Review the words small, medium, and large. Smooth over the shaving cream to erase.
The kids can then draw the house and Goldilocks arriving.
Continue retelling the story together as each scene is drawn.
Sensory trays are a wonderful hands-on way to work on story retellings!
Now it’s time to see more great activities that compliment the book.
Ok, now go off and explore!
Dinosaur Books for Preschoolers
Dinosaur Alphabet Board Game :: Mom Inspired Life
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaur Bon Bons:: I Can Teach My Child
Hot Chocolate Pudding :: Sugar Spice and Glitter
Dinosaur Ice Egg Preschool Experiment :: Preschool Powol Packets
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs Gross Motor :: 3 Dinosaurs
LEGO Norwegian Flag :: Mama Miss
Build a Trap for Dinosaurs :: Inspiration Laboratories
Dinosaur Letters :: The Pleasantest Thing
How Many? Questions for Dinosaur Math :: Rainy Day Mum
Dinosaur Shape Game for Kids :: The Educators’ Spin On It
Paper Plate Dinosaur Name Craft :: Toddler Approved
This is so cute. It is a fun way to encourage re telling the story. I’m looking forward to trying this and many of the other activities. We love this book in our house!!!
Jodie Rodriguez says
Thank you Michelle!
Rebekah Gienapp says
My son loves both dinosaurs and playing with shaving cream, so he’ll love this!
Jodie Rodriguez says
Love the idea of retelling the story in the “chocolate pudding” what a great idea.
Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories says
What a great way to retell the story! I love that it’s “chocolate pudding,” too.