I know you don’t want to hear this, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and Christmas won’t be far behind! It’s a busy time for everyone, especially parents of young children.
Keeping the stress level down is definitely a challenge. One of the most important things is for moms and dads to have good communication with each other so they are on the same page about activities and gifts – present a united front for the kids – things go much more smoothly if you do.
Whether you’ve got one child or several, sharing is almost always an issue. Young kids can be very possessive about their things. Sharing is a learned skill…most kids don’t come by it naturally. Reading today’s Perfect Picture Book with your children would be a great opportunity to talk about sharing.
ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR
Written by Laura Gehl
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Beach Lane Books (2014)
Themes: Sharing, counting, animals
“One big pair of underwear, Two brown bears who hate to share. One bear wears the underwear. One bear cries, “That isn’t fair!”
From Booklist: “The word underwear is enough to make kids erupt in giggles. But when two bears contemplate sharing one pair of underwear, youngsters will be rolling in the aisles. Add rhymes, tongue twisters, and alliteration into the mix, and you’ll find spirited entertainment in this picture-book introduction to basic concepts. A joy to read aloud with digitally colored pencil illustrations that are full of charm and humor.”
Why I like this book:
- Great read-aloud
- Hilariously funny…just the word underwear is enough to get kids laughing!
- Great rhyming counting book
How a parent can use this book:
- Great read-aloud
- Not only counting…but subtraction as well – very clever!
- Talk about sharing – the animals had more fun when they shared
MAKE A CEREAL ABACUS
Photo courtesy: http://www.education.com
You will need: Fruit loops or some other type of colorful cereal with holes, string, shoebox, scissors.
For detailed instructions and more fantastic preschool crafts: http://www.education.com/activity/article/cereal-abacus/
I’m excited that author Laura Gehl will be visiting with us for Will Write for Cookies next March. To learn more about Laura and her books, please visit her fantastic website filled with free curriculum guides, free activity sheets and free autographed bookplates for teachers, parents and kids: http://www.lauragehl.com/
And a week from tomorrow, on November 15 , another Laura (Laura Purdie Salas) will be our featured author. So please stop by.
And if you’d like to find many more picture book reviews and activities, please hop over to Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday.