Activity 1: Iggy Peck, Architect
This activity is perfect for kids of all ages. STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), needn’t be time consuming or hard to set up.
I’ve got a bunch of corks, playdough, and some toothpicks.
Iggy Peck Architect is our inspiration. We love Andrea Beaty books in our house and David Robert's illustrations are brilliant. If you’ve never seen “The Questioneers” line of books, you are missing out. Inspiring stories and catchy prose make these so enjoyable to read. Other titles are: Rosie Revere, Engineer; Sofia Valdez, Future Prez and Ada Twist, Scientist.
So as for the activity, I’ll start building a tower, then let my son explore the materials further and see what he comes up with!
(*My very talented cousin set up @readtoyourkids365 during the first lockdown last year. His passion for good kids literature comes across in his catchy videos (on his youtube channel), and I discovered so many great reads from his videos last year. He’s since gone back to work, and was unable to pursue working on this project to the same extent. I am just posting this to publicly say he needs to make more videos of book reviews, as his suggestions have been our favourites in the house! And he’s darn good at it).
Activity 2: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar had endless play possibilities, here’s two easy setups you can easily make at home today!
The first is a posting activity. Posting activities can be started at an early age, and babies and toddlers love them!
Grab some plastic food pouch lids, (or pompoms), and draw or paint the food from the story on a box. Then poke some holes into the box and get posting!
Older children can color match, whilst the younger ones will just love posting the lids though the holes!
The second activity is some story stones I created to use alongside reading the story. Using some Posca paint pens I drew the five different types of fruit in the book, alone with a stone with the numbers 1-5 written on it. These can be fun to play with when reading the book, or as a counting activity after reading.
Activity 3: Do You Speak English Moon?
I am sure everyone has a book about Space in their house. It’s such a magical and fun topic to introduce kids to isn’t it?
This activity is inspired by the book ‘Do You Speak English Moon’, by Francesca Simon, a really lovely bedtime book with sweet illustrations. One of the pages talks about the different constellations we can see in the sky.
A simple set up of sparkly playdough, stars, our Crayon Bug astronaut and homemade telescope/rocket lead to some fantastic imaginative play and lots of storytelling.
We rolled our dough flat and set out our stars in a few different constellations referring to the book, before our astronaut started bounding on the surface of the moon, discovering a new world.
Activity 4: Du Iz Tak?
Du Iz Tak is an amazing book, looking into the wee world of bugs using their language. Author Carson Ellis is so creative in this delivery, there is little writing, but what is captured is magical.
This is another wonderful find from Read to Your Kids, he explains it so perfectly I’d do harm trying to capture the essence like he does. (So head over now to watch the video HERE).
So lets move onto the play. This book partners SO well with our Garden Box, so once you’ve read it grab your bugs and dirt, pots and seeds and enter into the world of Icky and Ooky and their friends.
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