Extension Activities

We Are Better Together, Animal Homes, and All The Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep

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.

These activities were curated for you by Graceann of Creating a Heavenly Haven. She has an undergrad in Early Childhood Education, a Masters in Education, and is currently homeschooling her three adorable kiddos.

We Are Better Together

This book’s fun pictorial style (which combines photography with illustration) fits perfect with its message about teamwork. Plus, did you know that having characters labelled can help kids understand reading?

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You’ll want to read the activity post for full details, but here’s a quick preview of just some of the activities you can do to enjoy We Are Better Together even more.

  • Have a discussion about how YOUR FAMILY is better together
  • Sing “We Are A Happy Family” (Don’t worry, there’s a video with the full activity post!)
  • Do one of the activities from the book

Animal Homes

The various textures present through the book give little hands the opportunity to explore while engaging in an interactive reading experience where munchkins identify where each animal lives!

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You’ll want to read the activity post for full details, but here’s a quick preview of just some of the activities you can do to enjoy Animal Homes even more.

  • Add animal sounds to the book as you read it!
  • Pretend to be each animal from the book
  • Use household goods and stuffed animals to talk about where other animals live

All The Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep

This unique variation on an alphabet book uses alliteration to highlight letters while simultaneously introducing a varied vocabulary both within the animal kingdom and generally. The cozy calm of the text and illustrations make this an ideal bedtime choice!

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You’ll want to read the activity post for full details, but here’s a quick preview of just some of the activities you can do to enjoy All The Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep even more.

  • Do a “secret letters” art project (super easy, SUPER fun!)
  • Put your own (stuffed) animals to sleep
  • Play a “made up words” game