So today I decided to take one of our Monkey books “Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car” and make it into a whole activity.
First we read the book outside, then used all our materials to recreate the story.
We had a car (in our case trucks that we didn’t mind getting painted), 5 little monkeys and a Mama monkey, a crocodile, some paint and a brush, a spray bottle filled with water and vanilla (the perfume), and 2 containers, one filled with soapy water and the other filled with “mud”.
The idea was to let my 3yo (and later my 4yo) retell the story in his own way giving him a few sensory materials (the mud, water, vanilla scented spray) and let him explore. Retelling is a great pre-reading activity to help increase the brains memory and create logical sequences. My 3yo needed some prompts to help with the sequence, but when my 4yo got home from school and wanted to do the activity, he very easily recreated the story sequence all on his own.
Then went to work painting them.
Got stuck in the “Brown Swampy Mud”
They had a blast with the activity and then of course had to eat some bananas for a snack!
It seems that my 4yo and I like to tilt our heads the same way for pictures!
I guess I know where he gets it from now.