Extension Activities

Bears Are Big, Wheels At Work: Farm, and Little Hoot

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.

Bears Are Big

The spunky and whimsical illustrations elevate this fantastic, rhyming book of opposites. The use of naturally opposite animal characteristics means your kiddos get to learn something about some less common animals too.

  • Make the sound each animal makes as you go through the book. You may need to get a little creative and/or do some YouTube research. What does a shrew say? ;)
  • Go on a treasure hunt through your house for items that have the same properties as the animals discussed (i.e. something slippery, something sticky, etc.)
  • Have your child choose their favorite animal from the book and do an animal color page together. (Just google to find a coloring page and print it off at home!)
  • Enjoy the last of the good weather for sidewalk chalk and go draw some animals together in the driveaway.

Looking for some more ideas? Check out our Bears Are Big Pinterest board.

Wheels At Work: Farm

Just in time for harvest, we love the gigantic sturdy aps that are perfect for little hands and teach little ones about some of the machinery, livestock and jobs found on a farm.

  • Go visit a local farm, pumpkin patch or petting zoo to see some of animals, jobs and machinery you see in the book in person!
  • Ask your child to point out the different dogs they see throughout the book (there should be three!)
  • Make noises for each animal you see throughout the book--there’s only one page without one.
  • When you’re at the grocery store, point out cabbages to your child to help them relate what they see in the book to real-life. Talk to them about how lots of the food found in grocery stores starts on a farm.

Looking for some more ideas? Check out our Wheels At Work: Farm Pinterest board.

Little Hoot

This sweet upside-down story about a little owl who only wants to go to bed is sure to bring on the giggles and might even make going to bed sound fun!

  • Talk with your child about the parts of their bedtime routine that are the same (or different) from what Little Owl does
  • Watch for fall activities/decorations you see in the book (corn, pumpkins, apples, wreaths, etc.) as you’re out and about. Point them out to your child and remind them of the ones they’ve seen in real life as you read the book.
  • Play hide-and-go seek after pointing out that that’s something Little Owl likes to do. Practice pondering (and explain what that is). Practice staring. Play swords. Play on the jungle gym. If you’re brave enough… jump on the bed!
  • Recreate some scenes from the book--we love this rendition by Inspiration Laboratories.

Looking for some more ideas? Check out our Little Hoot Pinterest board.