Rrralph by Lois Ehlert
This month our featured author for the August Virtual Book Club for Kids is Lois Ehlert. She has written and illustrated so many fabulous books that it was hard to choose just one. That is, until I read Rrralph to my children this summer. They thought it was Laugh Out Loud Funny.
Gathering Activity: Doggie Ears
Materials Needed: Long strips of white construction paper large enough to wrap around a child's head. Two Black Doggie Ears. We cut ours to have jagged edges like those in the story. Stapler
1-Allow the child to color the ears and white paper.
2-Staple the headband to fit the child's head. Then Staple the ears to either side of the headband. (This is an adult step, but the children love to help use the stapler)!
I read Rrralph by Lois Ehlert to the children. It is a clever book with clever artwork. On each page, the dog's owner asks a question and the dog responds in ways that seem like he is speaking. He tells his owner his name is "Rrralph" and he is standing on the "Roof, Roof" and the ground feels "Rough, Rough" on his paws. The three year olds thought it was a very funny book...and so did their Mommies, as we groaned together at the old puns. Ehlert uses recycled materials in this book to create her illustrations. The result is bold and amazing.
Ralph (to the tune of Bingo)
There was a farmer had a dog and Ralph was his name-o.
R-A-L-P-H, R-A-L-P-H, R-A-L-P-H and Ralph was his name.
(We sang the song, replacing one letter each time, with a bark).
Art Activity: Dog Art Collage
*Using the image from the cover of the book, draw an outline of the dog on a ¼ sheet of posterboard (needs to be heavy paper) with a black sharpie.
Provide the children with various collage materials to fill in the outline to create their own dogs. Let them name their dogs and write the name of the dog on top.
I ADORE how these turned out. The children were able to do these with very little guidance needed.
Snack: Puppy Cookie
Ingredients Needed Per Child: One Nutter Butter, One Vanilla Wafer, One large round Sugar Cookie, Brown frosting, kid-friendly plastic knife, 3 M and Ms Candy pieces
1-Allow each child to frost the large cookie.
2-Open the Nutter Butter. Place one piece on each side of the large cookie to create ears.
3-Place the Nilla Wafer in the center of the face.
4-Add eyes and a nose.
The children loved making and eating these!
In order to play our two games, we needed our own doghouse!
This one was created by cutting arched doors in the two opposite sides of a large box. Then it was wrapped with newspaper and covered with paw prints. One of the talented moms who comes to our Mommy and Me Book Club made this. Don't you love it?!?!?
1-Doggie Doggie Where’s Your Bone?
Each child took a turn hiding inside the box with the bone. Another friend came and took the bone and hid it. We all sang "Doggie, Doggie Where's Your Bone? Somebody took it from your home. Guess Who?" Then the Doggie came out and tried to guess which friend had the bone. We let them guess until they found the right person. We did not limit their guesses.
2-Musical Dog House-
This was played a little bit like musical chairs. We played doggie themed music as the children crawled on the floor like puppy dogs in a circle each taking turns to crawl through the dog house. When the music stopped, the person in the dog house stayed inside and made one of the sounds Ralph makes in the book.
Here are the other participants in this month's Virtual Book Club. Please check out their great ideas, too! Can you believe how big this has gotten? So happy to have so many other bloggers who love reading as much as we do!
Toddler Approved - Rainy Day Mum - Adventures in Reading with Kids - 3 Dinosaurs - Royal Baloo - The Educators' Spin On It - Inspiration Laboratories - Pleasantest Thing - Edventures with Kids - Two Big Two Little - Playing With Words 365 - Kitchen Counter Chronicles - Outlaw Mom - Mommy and Me Book Club - Crafty Moms Share - No Twiddle Twaddle - The Good Long Road - Ready. Set. Read 2 Me - Reading Confetti - Mama Smiles - Juggling with Kids- Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas - Creekside Learning - Creative Family Fun - The Usual Mayhem - Teach Preschool - PlayDrMom - CraftoArt - Here Come the Girls - Being a Conscious Parent - Smiling like Sunshine - Crayon Freckles - Train Up a Child
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