Extension Activities

The Spelling Bee Before Recess and Papillion: The Very Fluffy Kitty

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.

These activities were curated for you by Graceann of Creating a Heavenly Haven. She has an undergrad in Early Childhood Education, a Masters in Education, and is currently homeschooling her three adorable kiddos.

The Spelling Bee Before Recess

The clever rhyming of the text moves this story of a boy, nick-named "The Slugger," right along and the light-hearted, humorous illustrations add a layer of fun sure to keep your readers entertained. Not to mention the enjoyable, subconscious vocabulary lesson! The takeaway? No one wins everything...and that is ok!

You’ll want to read the activity post for full details, but here’s a quick preview of just some of the activities you can do to bring The Spelling Bee Before Recess alive!

  • Use a paper towel to practice letter recognition.
  • Host your own Spelling Bee using Principal Wordsworth’s list (or create a silly story!).
  • Sensory letter writing and spelling.

Papillion: The Very Fluffy Kitty

There is a fantastic lesson about listening to the wise advice of those who love and want the best for us, but it doesn’t overshadow the delightful novelty of this wonderful and whimsically illustrated story about a kitty so fluffy he floats.

You’ll want to read Graceann’s activity post for full details, but here’s a quick preview of just some of the activities you can do to enjoy Papillion even more!

You can view full details of the activities here on Graceann’s blog, so we just wanted to give you a sneak preview. She’ll give you details on:

  • Creating clothespin birds (go red to stay true to the story!)
  • Mimicking Papillion’s weightlessness with a balloon
  • Creating your very own Papillon (with cotton balls!)