01 November 2011

Book Activites

Thanks to rif.org I was given some books and activities to go along with the books. I am very excited about the information I was given and couldn’t wait to pass it along to you.

Good Night, Gorilla                                          
Recommended ages: Pre-K


Grab this book and look at it with your child
  • Name the animals in the pictures.
  • Ask: Where do you usually see these animals?
  • Ask: Who is that man with the flashlight?
  • Ask: What time of day is it?
This helps make connections with the book and the world around your child.

While reading, pause to ask questions
  • Count the number of houses, lamp posts and people in the windows on the double-page spread. What happens to them on the next double page?
  • Ask: What is special about the cages and the zookeeper’s keys?
  • Ask: What do you see inside each animal cage?
Asking questions gets your child involved in the story and allows them to express the knowledge they have. They may even enjoy asking you questions about the book.

After you’ve read the book, help your child recount the story by asking these questions
  • What is the mouse doing during the story?
  • Why is the zookeeper walking on tiptoes?
  • Why are two pages all black with surprised eyes? Whose eyes are they?
  • Who do you think ate the banana?
  • Who took the animals back to the zoo?

Themed snacks!

Banana Dippers

1 Banana
5 toothpicks
1 cup chocolate chips
Candy sprinkles

Cut the banana in 5 chunks and have your child put a toothpick in each chunk. Put the banana chunks on a plate lined with wax paper and freeze about 1 hour. Then melt the chocolate chips in a bowl and melt in the microwave. Cover the banana chunks with melted chocolate. Add sprinkles, allow to set, then eat!

Gorilla Granola

¼ c. melted butter
1/3 c. brown sugar
2 ½ c. uncooked oats
¼ c. almonds
¼ c. walnuts
1/3 c. raisins
1/3 c. chocolate chips

Mix butter and brown sugar together until combined. In a separate bowl, mix together the oats and nuts. Pour the butter/sugar over the oat mixture and stir to coat evenly. Spread on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350˚ for 12-15 min.  Let cool. Mix in raisins and chocolate chips.

Head out of the house with the story!

Take a trip to the zoo or science center to see the animals. Talk about the story with your child. Or if you can’t go to the zoo, check out this website for a look at gorillas in their natural habitats:

I hope this is a positive experience for you and your child(ren). Reading books is a great way to build memories that last for generations. Depending on the temperament of your child and you, you may just do a couple activities or all, or none, even. Don’t be discouraged. You never know what’s growing in that little noggin’ of your kids.

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