Extension Activities

More Than Balloons, Look at Me: I'm a Robot!, and Foodie Babies Wear Bibs

Reading is even more fun and meaningful when books come alive. Here’s a few extension activities for each book this month to get you started.

More Than Balloons

This book is perfectly sweet and filled with a myriad of comparisons to express just how much you love your little one, all year round. The rhyme scheme is fantastic and complements the adorable illustrations for a mellow, calming tone. *** Interview with illustrator Rachelle Miller on our blog!***

Here are a few ideas for activities to get you started:

Activity 1: What do you love?Talk to your child and ask them what things they love. Make a list and help them identify why they love those things. If it is a person, help them express their feelings with drawings, crafts, etc.

Activity 2: Paint hearts For an easy clean up, place card stock in a gallon zip-top bag. Squirt different colored washable paint into the bag and seal closed. Let your child push the paint around the page to create their own masterpiece. Once they are finished, remove the paper from the bag and allow to dry. Finally, once dry, cut the paper into a heart shape.

Look at Me: I'm a Robot!

It’s a book… or is it a dress up? With holes for your eyes and nose, try this book on your child (or yourself!) and add sound effects and actions (yes, there is a tickle opportunity!) for maximum enjoyment.

Here are a few activity ideas to get you started:

Activity 1: Tin can robot ake and decorate a tin can robot. Clean and duct tape the edges of a tin can (this is to help ensure safety). Find items for decorating (pom poms, stickers, pipe cleaners, google eyes, etc.). Let your child work creatively and help them when needed.

Activity 2: Counting with RobotsYou will need craft sticks, clothes pins, robot stickers and a marker. Add stickers to each stick (starting with 1 and working up to 5). Write the corresponding number of stickers on the end of a clothespin. Let your child match up the clothes pins with the craft sticks. Teach them to make the right matches and identify the numbers.

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Foodie Babies Wear Bibs

The illustrations provide at least half the humor in this witty book about babies as “foodies”. Help your child watch for foods and activities they recognize as you read!

Here are a few activity ideas to get you started:

Activity 1: Washing ProduceMany toddlers love water and a chance to help do something in the kitchen. Use your favorite produce wash or just water in a colander. Give them a sponge or paper towel and let them wash each item.

Activity 2: Yogurt cakeInvite your child to help you make this simple yogurt cake. The recipe is a traditional French recipe, and is mentioned in Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman.

2 six ounce containers of plain whole-milk yogurt
2 eggs
2 containers sugar (or just one depending on how sweet you’d like your cake)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Just under 1 container of vegetable oil
4 containers flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Creme fraîche (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Use vegetable oil to grease a 9-inch round cake or loaf pan.
Gently combine yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil. In a separate bowl mix together flour and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix gently until combined (do not over mix). You can add 2 containers of fresh or frozen berries, chocolate chips or any flavoring you’d like. Bake for 35 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. It should be almost crispy on the outside but springy inside. The cake is delicious with a dollop of créme fraîche.