Well after all of my huffing and puffing about World Book Day, it was snowed off anyway. So it was a good job we celebrated it in our own way.
We’ve had a lovely week reading lots and doing fun things to do with our book of the week.
As I said last week our book was ‘Tidy’ by Emily Gravett. Such a lovely book.
Beautiful pictures and a lovely rhymical story and to add to that it includes hoovers and diggers! (This is a good thing if you love them as much as J does.) But there is also a more meaningful undertone to this book about looking after our planet and protecting our woodlands and not cementing over everything to make way for galumphing great tower blocks and houses!
Reading it this week really brought it home to J the impact of what happens to build houses for us.
But we didn’t just read, we had extra fun too…
After our little chat about looking after the world had a look at what our world looked like, we used an atlas but Google Earth is also great fun too.
Then we set about painting the world and I was so impressed by the outcome.
We used paint dabbers – easy and slightly mess free (if you don’t slam them down and then find all the splats on your wall).
I tried to bring a little of the woods to our front room in the sensory tray. The book talks about autumn coming and the leaves falling, and the diggers come in and dig up all the trees so this is what I tried to recreate.
I used a mixture of quinoa and pumpkin seeds with sunflower seeds for the base. Then added in some sticks, acorns and pine cones. There were some diggers and scoops to add to the fun. We left it out for a few days so he kept coming back to it.
Where is my rabbit?
Something that I thought would take the whole month was writing a book, but he got it done in one evening. Can I just add this was his idea.
It’s a lovely book called ‘Where is my rabbit?’ and is very similar to Monkey Puzzle, but I’m sure Julia Donaldson won’t mind! He is 4 after all. But he told me the story whilst I wrote it down and then I typed it into Book Creator, which is a great app. He was then able to add images and draw a lovely rabbit wearing trousers and wearing a hat. Now this is amazing because I have an active bean that doesn’t really like to draw – but give him an iPad and we get masterpieces.
He was also able to add some voice over too. It was such a special time doing this together and it something we will treasure. I must have read it a hundred times already.
Other books with the same theme
We also had a read around with some similarly themed books.
Starting with ‘The Lorax’ by Dr Seuss – brilliant, brilliant book one of our favs.
’10 things I can do to help my world’ by Melanie Walsh. I think the title says it all. But it was a challenge to me too.
‘Christopher’s Bicycle’ by Charlotte Middleton a lovely book about recycling things to make gifts for others.
So all in all a good first week. We might get chance to make a painted forest tomorrow, but we’ll see.
Next week is ‘Robot Rumpus’ by Sean Taylor. This is a fab book and have already read it loads and loads. But we had to have a robot week!