Extension Activities

Happy Birthday, A Traffic Jam of Trucks, and The Nice Book

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.

Little Friends: Happy Birthday: A Touch and Feel Book

A simple and sweet birthday book with small touch-and-feel elements for little fingers to explore while you read about Little Puppy’s birthday preparations. We love the plethora of patterns and party objects to point out throughout the book.

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

Activity 1: Party Hat - It’s time to party! Make a party hat using items you find at home and get ready to wear it with pride. Ask an adult to take your picture so you can show it to others. You could wear your party hat to your next birthday party or special event!

Activity 2: Special Lunch Party - Plan a special lunch with your adult or friends! Pick out your favorite foods and help make them for the party. Ask an adult to help you make an invitation for your special lunch party. Use ideas from the “Happy Birthday” book to make decorations for your event!

A Traffic Jam of Trucks

An incredibly clever color book featuring bold colors, fun vocabulary and a host of cute animal drivers. Our favorite part? The subtle tactile element of raised cars! They fit perfectly into their opposite page and are perfect for finger tracing and exploring.

Here are a few activity ideas to get you started:

Activity 1: Counting Cars - Make a list of all the colors and shapes of cars in the “Traffic Jam of Trucks” book. Take your list on a walk outside in your neighborhood or local city and look for cars. Keep track of how many cars of each color or shape you see. Add them up and see which one you saw the most of during your walk. Choose your favorite truck and draw a picture of it to share with a friend.

Activity 2: Color Match-up - Ask an adult to help you draw and cut out different colored and shaped cars. Using colored paper or coloring pens, that match your car's you made, color in spaces of an egg carton. Cut out your cars and mix them up on a bowl. Choose a car and place it in the match space. Good luck sorting and matching!

The Nice Book

The finger-painted illustrations are silly, unique and the perfect complement to this delightful book on how to be nice! Act it out as you read with lots of snuggles and use it as a reminder of what to do if someone gets “in a snit”!

Here are a few activity ideas to get you started:

Activity 1: Ball Roll - Do you like to play with bouncy balls? Try to kick the ball as far as you can, then measure how far you can kick by placing a rock or stick where the ball landed. Play with a friend or parent and say nice things about each others achievements instead of worrying about winning.

Activity 2: Nice Note - Take some time to write a nice note or draw a picture to give a friend, family member or teacher. Ask a grown up to help you think of nice words to write on your paper about your friend, family member or teacher. When you give your nice note away, ask them to look at your paper and tell you how they feel. As a parent, remind your child how nice it feels to be kind to others.