The following post is from contributing writer Jen @ Forever, For Always, No Matter What
I love to read to my children and I love to incorporate activities with our literature. We have used Five in a Row for many years in our home and have gotten much inspiration from using that same formula with other picture books.
Two books that my children never get tired of listening to are Henry the Castaway by Mark Taylor and The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. Both of these books are an excellent springboard for so many activities and so much learning.
In case you aren’t familiar with either of these books, both have an element of adventure. A child (or bunny) going off to exert a bit of independence, testing the limits so to speak. Many children dream of going off on such epic trips. It’s fun to experience these adventures from the comfort of your own couch sitting safely next to mom.
Spend a day or two reading the books, or five days if following a more formal type Five in a Row method, and then pick and choose activities that fit your child and your family. In our home incorporating food at dinner time is a great way to have dad involved in the day. The kids can spend time re-capping the story and sharing why a particular food is being served.
Activities for Henry the Castaway
Activities that immediately came to mind for Henry the Castaway involved camping. You definitely don’t need to be a camping family to enjoy these activities, or the meals.
A take-off on the flags that Henry makes Pencil Pinwheel
Camping Desserts – Campfire Banana Splits anyone?
Activities for The Runaway Bunny
This is an especially fun book to read in the springtime.
It was easy to run with the carrot theme when it came to food, here are some “out of the box” type recipes that contain carrots!
Another common theme in both of these books, and I think this is important, is the theme of parental love. In Runaway Bunny, the Mother Bunny does whatever it takes to follow after her child and in Henry the Castaway, Henry’s parents arrive during the night, in a storm, to rescue Henry from his adventure. The endings provide much reassurance of a parents love and unending devotion.
These are fun, feel good stories that are a joy to share with your children!
What are some of your children’s favorite picture books?
Jen blogs at Forever, For Always, No Matter What. She has one amazing husband and six eclectic kids. Stop in for a visit as she blogs about their Catholic faith, homeschooling and adoption, all while trying to fit in exercise and healthy eating. Jen can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.