Extension Activities

This is the Firefighter, Mrs Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet, and No, No, Dinos!

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.

This Is The Firefighter

This is a great age-appropriate introduction for a discussion about emergencies and who to ask for help! The illustrations (done only in primary colors and black) provide plenty of opportunities for playing I Spy as you read and we love the rhyming couplets.

Image source: Firemarshal.ks.gov

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

  • Sing Wheels on the Fire Engine - Sing a firefighter version of “wheels on the bus.” Try using the siren, ladder, seat belts, and use your imagination to make sounds for everything on the truck!
  • Fire Safety Plan - Take some time to review or learn how to stop, drop, and roll. Does your family have a fire safety plan? If not, make a plan with your family so everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.

Mrs. Peanuckle's Fruit Alphabet

This ABC book is chock full of mini facts about familiar as well as exotic fruit. The modern illustration style is whimsical and punchy and you can make it a shorter read by skipping the facts for readers with shorter attention spans!

Image source: http://www.craftberrybush.com

Here are a few activity ideas to get you started:

  • Fruit print art - Cut an apple or pear in half, dip in paint and make beautiful artwork! Try using different colored paint to make different designs.
  • Taste test - Pick up different kinds of melons, avocados or another fruit at the store. Cut bite sized pieces of each fruit you chose and do a taste test! Can you tell the difference between different kinds of fruits, even though they have the same name?
  • Banana treat - Make a banana treat by cutting bananas into chunks, dunking in vanilla or plain yogurt and then roll in granola. Serve with a favorite drink and enjoy!

No, No, Dinos!

All of the dinosaurs mouths are hinged in this interactive book teaching dinosaurs about eating sweets. Is eating treats bad? No, they’re delicious--you just have to be pay attention to how you eat them!

Image source: rainydaymum.co.uk

Here are a few activity ideas to get you started:

  • Make fossils - Follow this link for a recipe and method of how to make salt dough fossils! https://rainydaymum.co.uk/salt-dough-dinosaur-fossils/
  • Do a dinosaur dance - Using big plastic dinosaurs, dip their feet in colored paint and make them dance across the paper. Turn on some music to really help them groove! Take a turn dancing too!
  • Dinosaur matching - Print letters on small dinosaurs and on the bottom of small cups (such as Dixie cups). Set the dino caves up on floor/table/mat. Match up the alphabet dinos to their homes!