Extension Activities

The Big Ideas of Buster Bickles and Bear Likes Jam

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 Big Ideas of Buster Bickles

The bright, wacky illustrations complement Buster’s zany ideas in this book about the power of imagination. While not all of Buster’s ideas are good ones, and he gets himself into some trouble, his ideas ALSO get him out of trouble, subconsciously encouraging kids to think big and not give up when things go awry.

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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 Big Ideas of Buster Bickles even more.

  • Create a story with your own BIG ideas
  • Build a tent!
  • Take a Rocket to the Moon
  • Paint with Veggies

Bear Likes Jam

This charming follow-up to Room for Bear playfully explores finicky eating in an adorably different family. We love how the gorgeous watercolor illustrations add another more humorous layer to the story, amping up the levity and pizazz in this very sweet story. We had the privilege of interviewing Ciara Gavin, the author and illustrator of Bear Likes Jam (and another Bookroo favorite, Room for Bear). Read her interview here.

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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 Bear Likes Jam even more.

  • Make jam (it’s easier than it sounds!)
  • Practice spreading
  • Plant a seed