Extension Activities

To the Rescue, I Can Dance, and My First Letters 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.

To the Rescue

  • Make rescue vehicle sounds as you read the book, in addition to the printed words.
  • Take the opportunity as you’re out and about to point out rescue vehicles to your child. Reference the book as you see rescue vehicles “in the wild”, and the real-life vehicles you’ve seen as you read the book.
  • Go visit your local fire or police station to thank them for their service to your community. Have your child help you color/write a thank you card before you go that you can bring with you. Many fire stations are willing to give small groups drop in tours, but check with your local station first.
  • Have a discussion about when we (or people we know) might need to use rescue vehicles.

Looking for some more ideas? Check out our To the Rescue Pinterest board.

I Can Dance

  • Experiment with each of the dance moves yourselves as you read through the book--do a spin, pull some disco move, spin in the crab walk position and pretend you can break dance, etc. If you have a baby, move their arms and legs for them.
  • Play “Simon Says…” with some new dance moves you’ve learned.
  • Take turns putting your fingers through the book, and having your child stick their fingers through the book.
  • Have a 3-minute dance party! Turn on a favorite song (or mix-it up!) and groove. Reference the book when you start or finish your dance party, and remind your kiddo about the dance party when you sit down to read the book.

Looking for some more ideas? Check out our I Can Dance Pinterest board.

My First Letters

  • Act out each letter as you read the book and ham it up (hammer a nail, hoot like an owl, inch your finger like a caterpillar, etc.)
  • Point out letters as you see them “in the wild,” particularly focusing on 2-3 letters at a time--the first letter of your child’s name, M for Mommy, and D for Daddy are normally some great choices.
  • Choose a few letters and teach your child the sign language for them as you read through the book. Try choosing particularly easy ones for little fingers that look like the letters themselves like C, I, L, O, W and Z.

Looking for some more ideas? Check out our My First Letters Book Pinterest board.