It’s time for Virtual Book Club for Kids! Our featured author this month is Margaret Wise Brown. We decided to feature The Important Book and we came up with a fun and memorable writing activity to go with it!
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 to explore. On the second Thursday of each month, talented bloggers will be share one of the three featured books by the highlighted author that month. Each blogger shares an activity or craft to compliment one of the three 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 Margaret Wise Brown book and activity we chose this month.
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The Important Book and Book Making Idea
The Book: The Important Book
The Important Book challenges us to look at everyday objects and think about the important qualities of each item. We are challenged to think about an apple, the grass, the rain, a spoon and more. What is the most important quality of each? Do you agree with the author? This book engages our kids to think, debate and discuss!
The Activity: The Important Things About Me Book
This activity challenges kids to think about the most important things in their own life. Together you will create an interactive keepsake book documenting the things your child feels are important at this point in his/her life.
We created an easy to assemble folder book with tabbed pages as the landscape for the story.
1. Attach the tab divider sheets inside the folder. These will be the pages of your book.
2. Label each tab with a topic. We used: foods, books, shows, people and places.
3. Attach the picture of your child to a craft stick with glue and place in the front pocket of the book.
4. Fold the aluminum foil into a square. This will be the “mirror”. Place it in the back pocket of the book.
Ready to Write and Read
It’s time to write. On each page have your child brainstorm items that are important to them in each category. Depending on your child’s ability, he or she can write, draw or write and draw the information on each page.
My almost 3 year-old drew pictures and also used stickers to show the things that were important to him. I labeled his pictures based on what he told me each thing was in the picture.
When you are finished, you can use the picture puppet to walk through the story and read it. Then, at the end pull out the mirror and let your child see a very important person!
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Now, it’s time to explore some other great activities and crafts to compliment Margaret Wise Brown’s books.
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