Extension Activities

Lion's Lullaby and Not This Bear

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.

Lion's Lullaby

Animals, both wild and domestic, calmly go to bed one by one in this sweet rhyming bedtime book...but who is helping put them to sleep? There’s a little twist (that you might have seen coming) at the end that ties it all together in a way that’s relatable and will have your kiddos ready to grab their favorite furry friend and snuggle in too!

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

Activity 1: Bed Time ChecklistCreate a checklist of the things that you need to do to get ready to go to bed. Then help a favorite stuffed animal go through the process!

Activity 2: Story time fortOne way to get ready for bed and calm your mind is to read a few stories. Build a story time fort (with help of an adult!) and assemble a pile of stories. Consider collecting your whole stack of stories around a theme (i.e. bedtime books, books about lions/dogs/trucks, etc.)

Not This Bear

Bear’s experience conquering his own anxieties little by little is applicable to any situation, regardless of whether or not it’s your child’s first day of school. The illustrations are simultaneously cozy and very detailed, and while the story is a good length, the repetition is great for early readers!

Here are a few activity ideas to get you started:

Activity 1: School VisitYou may have started school already, but if not, go check out your new classroom, meet your new teacher, or just spend some time hanging out on your school's playground to help it feel familiar and fun.

Activity 2: The Search for a Comfort ItemIt can be scary to go to school for the first time, but it can help to have something to remind you that your family loves you. Consider reading "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn, and then get your own kissing hand or create together a small (undistracting!) token to remind you your family loves you while you're away from them at school.

Activity 3: Practice SchoolWhether or not you'll be leaving home to go to school, you can set up your very own school at home and do some of the activities Bear did: paint a picture, read a story, have a snack, etc.