Sunday, February 19, 2012

Curious George and a Week of Fun!

Read what PBS Parents has to say about one of my favorite literary characters:

Curious George is a little monkey with an insatiable curiosity. Like George, children are intrigued by new things. They're natural explorers and scientists, and they're anxious to know how things work.

(Click here to learn more about their educational philosophy.)

And speaking of Curious George and children, I put together some fun activities for my grandson last week:



(A week's worth of goodies in one place!)



Let's take a closer look:

Curious George On the Go! by H. A. Rey


Ready, set, go! Curious George is on the go in this new concept board book for toddlers. The book includes a double-sided George attached to a ribbon that can be slipped in and out of pockets that appear on each spread. Each pocket puts George in a different vehicle—a fire truck, a taxi, a convertible, an airplane, and even a rocket ship!

(I used this board book to introduce a transportation unit.)



WHOOSH!




Ben was quick to point out that he had a rocket ship and fire truck, too. Here's a great website that's loaded with free transportation ideas and printouts:

http://mrskilburnkiddos.wordpress.com/thematic-units/transportation/

We also made a book that highlights the places where Ben goes each day:




Here's how we did it:

Ben’s parents took pictures of his playroom, crib, highchair, bathtub, and car. I printed each one on a separate piece of cardstock. Then, I simply hole-punched the upper left-hand corner and tied with ribbon. The most challenging aspect of this project was getting a toddler to stand still for his photo.

(I used pastel colors because Ben’s room is blue and green.)




Next up:






A new toy store is opening and George can’t wait. Once George gets inside, the owner thinks his antics may be bad for business. It’s not long before George has her jumping through hoops to try to contain his curiosity. Will George’s playful nature really drive customers away, or will everyone’s favorite monkey find a clever way to save the day?

(This is a wonderful book to explore math concepts.)


We gathered similar toys from one illustration and sorted them into three baskets. This could be done by size, shape, or color.


And here's the last book that I selected:






Readers learn the alphabet along with George as the man in the yellow hat teaches the curious monkey how to read.


This was a fun matching game that I found online, but we made flashcards instead.

(Click here to download this activity.)

We wrapped up the week with a Curious George video about shadows:




And made shadow puppets:



(Click here to download this printout.)



This was Ben's favorite activity!


Here are two great resources for Curious George fans. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did:

http://www.curiousgeorge.com/#/activities

http://www.pbs.org/parents/curiousgeorge/

Have a great week!

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