Children’s books are great fun and often have accompanying activities that parents can easily plan at home. Yes, even if you are not a teacher! Many parents feel that they have to have some elaborate activity to go along with their child’s books, but that is simply not true. It’s easy to create some low-maintenance and fun activities for your child. If you haven’t checked out the book, Horrible Bear by Ame Dyckman you must check it out (buy here at Amazon). It is a silly book that tackles the tough topic of anger and forgiveness. Not that our kids ever get angry, ya know…just in case. If you’re looking for some ways to use this book as a springboard for some great learning activities, I’ve got you covered.
Create a Kite
Because the kite is an important object in the story, it’s easy to get kids interested in creating their own. It’s is a versatile activity that works with just about any age. You can use crayons, pencils or paints to create a picture of a kite. If you prefer, you can create a kite using some paper, straws and string. If you are feeling super adventurous, you can even get outside and take your kite for a test run. Because it was summer, we decided to create our kites on the sidewalk with some chalk and had the kiddo fill in her favorite color and design. The best part about our kites? They can be washed away with a little rain or a hose. Easy peasy!
Recall Story Elements
If your child is heading to kindergarten, this book is a great place to practice identifying story elements. This activity is perfect for identifying key moments in the plot. Horrible Bear is filled with great moments that kids really enjoy and remember, so it’s a perfect match. Simply have your child tell you their favorite part of the book and then ask them to sketch it out. If your child is already writing, this is a great opportunity for them practice words or letters for their caption. If your child isn’t an “artist” do not worry. The focus for this activity is on identifying story elements, so feel free to let them be as creative as they would like with their drawings. If your child has a hard time remembering events from the story, be sure to offer them support by allowing them to flip through the pages of the book.
Both characters in the story struggle with managing their anger and moms know that this is no easy task. This is a wonderful opportunity to remind your child that it’s okay to get angry. Anger is a natural emotion, and we definitely see it often in our children! What we want to highlight is how taking action when we are angry doesn’t lead to positive solutions. Take the time to show your child some deep breathing or counting down to calm down. Daniel Tiger has a great episode about this, so checkout my educator approved shows here. Giving them the opportunity to acknowledge their anger, and giving them some ways to calm down before they act or speak will certainly help their emotional growth. If you would like to extend this activity, you can ask your child to tell you about (or draw) a time when they felt very angry and what they did to resolve the issue. You will be surprised how reflective children can be!
Got some more activities for this book? I would love to hear about them!
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