We recently picked up a number of wonderful books at our local Oxfam shop and two of Blue’s favourites are The Crunching Munching Caterpillar (Very Noisy Picture Books)
and The Very Lazy Ladybird (Very Noisy Picture Book) (Very Noisy Picture Books) (affiliate links). Both books have lovely bold pictures and there are sounds for each animal and/or action. My little boy just loves this as he gets to join in with the story.
One of my “new school year resolutions ” is to do more activities around the books that we are reading and loving. For us doing book activities is normally a good way of including both kids even though they are different ages. So this last week we have done some activities around The Crunching Munching Caterpillar. We started off making stick puppets. I have found that printing off black and white stick puppets and then getting the kids to make them (including colouring them in) is a great way of getting reluctant kids to actually colour in (I have a house of empty colouring book both my kids are not normally fans of colouring in pictures). I found our stick puppets in the HUGE resource pack on the Twinkl website (part of their platinum package)
Both kids loved these stick puppets especially the caterpillars. Blue really wanted a butterfly with flapping wings so I thought we would make our own. I started off by drawing an outline for the kids and they painted it using some sponges (I actually used baby bath sponges from Tesco which I cut into 4 pieces so the sponges would be nice and soft).
I had downloaded the minibeast fine motor pack (Platinum package on Twinkl) so I could use some of the pages to distract my little one while Pink and I did our Maths but I actually ended up using some of the pages from this pack as part of our story pages. We used the animal / insect sort page for Blue
And Pink did some of the Caterpillar pattern sorting pages. I really like that fact that they included 3 different versions of the pattern pages so you can find one that suits your kids (Blue has asked to do this activity next week so I have printed off the easy version for him).
Both kids are really enjoying doing activities around their books, the only issue for me is trying to choose which book to do as there are so many great book resources and now I need to find a good space book for Blue – he has become space rocket obsessed this last week.