It’s time for the Virtual Book Club. Each month a different author is featured. Everyone participating then selects a book by the chosen author and creates an activity to accompany the book. The featured author for March is Julia Donaldson. I have to admit this was a new author for me. There were a number of books for us to choose from and we finally landed on The Snail and the Whale.
The Snail and the Whale is a rhyming tale about a snail that sets sail with a whale. They see many sights along the way including penguins, a volcano and a bear. Along the way, the whale becomes beached and the snail sets off to save it. After being rescued, the two return to the other snails and gather them to take along on another journey.
My son fell in love with this book. His favorite part was when the firetrucks came to spray water on the beached whale.
To extend the story, we decided to create a snail and whale sensory bin. Utilizing sensory bins in this way allows children to act out the story and expand on it. Both comprehension and language skills are developed during this play.
Our sensory bin included:
- water (tinted blue with food coloring)
- black rock
- whale (bathtub toy)
- snail (can’t see in this picture)
- penguin (bathtub toy)
- fire truck
- students (plastic Little People)
There were many other characters and setting props that could have been utilized. I just used what I had on hand and the things that interested my son the most. Other optional items that would work well with the story include: volcano, bear, boats, birds and trees.
Have you used sensory bins to extend stories? This was our first time. I’d love to gather more ideas. Please share below in the comments.
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