Extension Activities: Travel the World

Landmarks, How Do You Say I Love You?, and If You See A Cow, Say Moo

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.

Landmarks

New Zealand author/illustrator Katie Wilson’s whimsical watercolor illustrations teach your munchkin a little bit about nine famous landmarks across six continents!

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

  • Sing “London Bridge is Falling Down” (with actions!) We know it’s not listed in the book, but it’s a great landmark too!
  • Choose a landmark and build it out of blocks, duplos, playdough, household supplies etc. Having fun? Build the whole book!
  • Read through the book looking for shapes. Point them out as you go through.
  • Read through the book acting out each landmark. You may need to get a little creative and very silly!

Feel free to visit our Landmarks Pinterest board to see even more ideas to extend your little one’s reading and learning experience.


How Do You Say I Love You?

This book gives your child exposure to a variety of cultures through its sweet illustrations of relatable situations. As a bonus, the rhyming gives adult readers a little help pronouncing “I love you” in different languages.

Here are a few activity ideas to get you started:

  • Talk about ways you can say “I love you!” without using words (i.e. hugs, smiles, service,sign language etc.) Try out a few!
  • Amass a group of stuffed animals or other toys and have each of them say “I love you” to your child in a silly voice. If you’re comfortable with how to say “I love you” in some different languages (like in the book!), try them out.
  • Point out connections between Landmarks and How Do You Say I Love You? as you read through both books. When you’re at the Colosseum, how would you say “I love you.”
  • Watch a favorite nursery rhyme video in another language on YouTube.

Feel free to visit our How Do You Say I Love You? Pinterest board to see even more ideas to extend your little one’s reading and learning experience.


If You See a Cow, Say Moo

We love that the lift-the-flaps in this book (illustrated by Spanish illustrator Ana Martin Larranaga) are easy for little hands to get underneath. Make sure to make all the animal sounds to really bring this book to life (including the ones not spelled out!)

Here are a few activity ideas to get you started:

  • Visit a local farm or pet store and meet some real life animals!
  • Sing “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”. Come up with as many animal sounds as you can think of.
  • Act out each animal as you get to the page, either with your own homemade actions or with kids adapted yoga poses.

Feel free to visit our If You See a Cow, Say Moo Pinterest board to see even more ideas to extend your little one’s reading and learning experience.