Fun Things to do With Before Five in a Row

5/21/2011

I have been reflecting on our Before Five in a Row experience and pondering what I want to carry over into our new journey with Five in a Row. To do this, I decided to highlight some of our favorite things we have done with B4FIAR. It turned out to be a year in review. . .
Learning Together With Five in a Row ~ how I organized and prepared.

(Links below pictures are to blog posts about the book we rowed.)

Fun Things to do With Before Five in a Row:

Read the Story

Read the story often and let your children supply missing words and finish sentences. Talk about what you see in the illustrations and what is happening in the book. Relate the story to real life experiences. Delight in the story with your child. 

Reading The Runaway Bunny

Create a Memory ~ Do Something Special 
A bouquet with a red balloon . . . 
and a bowl full of mush for Good Night Moon
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? Picnic 

Make a Special Lunch

Mock-Tuna Schooners for My Blue Boat
Make a Special Treat
Moon Cheese Snack for Good Night Moon

Monkey Pops for Caps for Sale


Let Your Little Ones Cook Something
Making Thick, Oozy, Chocolate {Mud} Pudding for  We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Go on a Field Trip


Trolly ride for The Big Green Pocketbook
A walk in the snow like Peter in The Snowy Day.

Do a Hands on Activity
Yellow ball prints for Yellow Ball
Encourage Pretend Play

Being a puppy for Angus Lost
Create An Art Project
Painting clouds for I Am an Artist ~ Clouds

Make a Lap Book 
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
Do a Printable Activity 
If ~Then for The Runaway Bunny
Do a Note-booking Page
Learning About Feelings With Corduroy

Make a Collage 
Fruits or Vegetables? Collage for The Carrot Seed

Make a Sensory Tub 
Edible Cloud Formations for I Am an Artist
Grow Something
Growing bean seeds for The Carrot Seed. We also grew carrots! 

Catch Something
Catching frogs at the pond for Play With Me
Raise an Animal Friend
We raised a Peking duck for The Story About Ping

Visit an Animal Friend

Visiting a bunny friend for The ABC Bunny

Offer "Go-Along" Books


Do a Narration and Illustration
Using Draw-Write-Now to illustrate his Katy-No-Pocket narration. 
Texture painting for Blueberries for Sal narration.
There's more... the Before Five in a Row manual is a great tool! It inspired me.

And with all your doing, remember to: Take Photos and Document the Memories You Make!

Here is the wonderful part ~ you can do this with any story book! My kids have caught on to the concept of "rowing a story" and are inspired to do all sorts of activities. For example, I just read Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink and as soon as we have a warm, sunny day we are making pink lemonade (with strawberries!) and we just might have a lemonade stand and do Erica's Letter G is for Gum ball preschool pack.  Reading books should inspire your child and create a love for learning and doing. And you can help make that happen!

This post was inspired by Creek Side Learning's post: Five Things to do with each Five in a Row Book. Thanks Julie!  Now that we've rowed a few books, I have a good idea what five things we hope to do with each Five in a Row book we row!
 
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