Activities for Children's Books

Activities based on your favorite children's books for extensions after read-alouds. By crafting characters and settings, children can reenact a story using puppets, improvised retelling props, and readers theater.

Three Little Pigs – Story Retelling Craftivity

three little pigs story retelling craft and activity pin

For this Three Little Pigs crafticity, kids create their own re-telling puppets and houses out of construction paper and popsicle sticks, then play with their creations.

See the pictures below for inspiration & follow the instructions to get started with your own home or classroom set!

Materials

  • Construction Paper
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Make Three Little Pigs Puppets.

Cut circles out of pink construction paper to make each pig’s face and body.

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Add rectangles for legs. Add Eyes, Ears, and a Curly tails made out of a thin strip of curled construction paper to each puppet. Tape a Popsicle stick to the back of each puppet.

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Draw pupils, nostrils,  and mouths with a black marker.

 

2. Make The Big Bad Wolf Puppet.

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3. Make The Three Little Pigs’ houses.

Take a piece of yellow construction paper and cut out a window and a door.  Decorate  it with an orange markers so it looks like a straw house.

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Use a piece of brown construction paper to make a house made of sticks.  Add details with a brown marker.

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Create a house made of bricks.  Cut out a chimney, and draw on bricks with a red marker. Add a door knob and shutters with a black marker.

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4. Retell & Play

Kids introduce the characters to the set and play by arranging the puppets and houses in different positions.

The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf Puppets

 

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Kids re-telling the story of The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf in the classroom.

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Landforms for Kids – Early Childhood Activities for Science and Earth Day

Landforms for kids – activities for Earth Day and Science!

For Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st

Landforms Books

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For this activitiy, kids draw their own landform and label their pictures.

You will need:

  1. A Landforms book with pictures.  Big-books work well for this.
  2. Large white construction paper – 1 piece for each student
  3. Pick one: crayons/markers/colored pencils

Look at pictures of the different landforms, such as islands, mountains, plains, valleys, rivers, and lakes and talk about what each type of landform is called and show a picture of what it looks like. When you get to a page that shows all the landforms on it, keep that page open as you explain the directions for the drawing activity.

You could say, “Today we are going to draw a landform and label our pictures.  You will choose a landform that you want to draw and then draw it on your paper.  Then you will write the name of the landform on your picture.  What are some of the landforms that we learned about?”  Students raise their hands and say the name of a landform.  Ask, “How do you know it is a…(Lake, Mountain, Hill, River..Etc)?” Students raises their hands and can talk about how they know which landform it is and what unique features it has.

Pass out a piece of large white construction paper, one for each student.  Using your choice of drawing materials, have children draw one land form that they learned about and label it with the name of the landform, ie hill, mountain, lake, river, plains, island. Remind students that they also need to add their first and last name to their work 🙂

Have the landforms book open to the pages that show the pictures of the different landforms all on one page.  You can even write the name of each landform on the white board and draw a small picture next to it for the kids to reference as they do their work too.

Early finishers can choose a book to read on the carpet.

land and water printableI also found this awesome pack of landforms printables.  There are 3 free worksheets in the preview on TPT. Here is a link to the product page:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Land-and-Water-Activity-Pack-351968

 

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A Spooky Tree Craft

The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree

Introduction

spooky tree craftThis Craft is based on the children’s book, “The Berenstain Bears and The Spooky Old Tree”, by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Kids love this book and it is one of my favorites too!  Read this book and create this spooky tree craft to go along with it.  You could also give kids the freedom to create their own picture to go with the story, let them create a scene of their favorite part of the book and use this craft as inspiration!

Directions:

Start by tracing your hand on a piece of brown construction paper while elongating the fingers. To do this, trace from the wrist up past the fingers and come to a point. You may have to help younger kids with this step and it helps if you demonstrate first.

 

Next, snip a thin strip of green construction paper to make the grass. Cut out and tuck a jack-o-lantern into the grass. Cut out a bat, some crows, and a big yellow moon. Glue the cutouts onto a gray or black piece of construction paper to complete your spooky scene!

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7 Spooky Fun Halloween Music Activities for Kindergarten

7 Halloween Music Activities ranging from fun to spooky for tons of Halloween fun! Halloween is my favorite time of year.  I’ve picked a few Halloween Music Activities to try this year in my classroom.  I’ll get back to you and let you know how it goes after Halloween!

1. Play Walk on the Witch, A fun Halloween version of musical chairs.

2. Sing some Halloween Songs. Find them at SuperSimpleLearning.com

3. Do some Halloween of these Music Activities also on SuperSimpleLearning.com.

3. Watch this music video of Dem Bones on YouTube.

4. Or this very cute song about some little witches.

5. Try these Halloween Music Activities – Tons of fun Halloween-themed music activities

6. Or these: Spooky Halloween Music Activities for Kids in the Elementary Classroom

7. Dance and sing to The Five Little Pumpkins Chant: Click here to go to the Five Little Pumpkins Printable Poem and Music Video Page.  There’s Halloween clip art there and tons of pumpkin fun!

 

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