Extension Activities

Max and Marla and The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His GRRRRR!

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.

Max and Marla

We may not all by Olympic athletes, but Max and Marla show us exactly what it takes in this sweet story about two little friends. The gorgeous watercolor and ink illustrations tell at least half the story, and bring alive the simple text to add depth, vibracy and comic relief in a way that allows children to learn to read between the lines.

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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 enjoy Max and Marla even more.

  • Fizzy Olympic Rings
  • Several Olympic Ring Art ideas
  • An "Olympic Fact" chain count down

The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His GRRRRR!

Written and illustrated by the award-winning Rob Biddulph, this clever story about competition, friendship (and a little bit of forgiveness) is kept snazzy and fun by its terrific rhyme scheme and punchy, original illustrations. The perfect balance of lessons and humor that both adults and children will enjoy makes this a book worth reading over… and over… and over.

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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 enjoy The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His GRRRRR! even more.

  • Making your own VERY sparkly medals
  • Throw your own Bear Olympics (complete with “fishing”, hula hooping, “scaring humans” and competing for “the loudest GRRR”)
  • General Living Room Movement Activities
  • Suggestions for a discussion on sportsmanship, forgiveness, honesty and friendship