When we actually wrangled some time at home, Eden and I decided to make our own version of Mrs. Honey's Hat, based on the book of the same name by Pam Adams. In the book, Mrs Honey has a new hat with lots of pretty things on it. Each day of the week, she goes somewhere different (the park, a cat show, the beach) and an animal/bug takes one thing off the hat and leaves something else behind (e.g. a hermit crab takes the shell and leaves some seaweed behind).
Firstly, I drew (roughly) and cut out pictures from coloured paper of each item on the hat - both the original hat items and the replacement hat items. Then, we made the hat. Paper hats are incredibly easy to make! Newspaper works really well, but I didn't have any to hand, so we used some butchers paper instead. If you don't know how to make a paper hat, here's some simple instructions:
|Start with a large piece of rectangular paper, and fold in half lengthwise. The length along the fold needs to be large enough to go more than halfway around your child's head.|
|With the folded side at the top, fold down one corner towards the middle, leaving about 5cm (2") or so at the bottom.|
|Do the same with the other corner.|
|Fold up one side of the strip of paper at the bottom.|
|Then turn over and do the same on the other side, to form a brim. Now, you're all done!|
Then, with our paper hat in tow, Eden and I grabbed some crayons and got decorating...
Once the hat was all crayon-ed out, Eden got busy gluing the shapes on. As she glued, I told the story from memory, pausing in places so she could fill in the gaps. She didn't miss a single cue. Looks like the 5-a-day-books challenge is having an effect!
Eden decided that one side of her hat was the 'Before' hat, and the reverse side was the 'After' hat. So here is the 'Before' hat...
|The 'Before' side has all the original items: feathers, cherries, a shell, flowers, lace and a bow.|
|The 'After' side has all the replacement items on it: bubblegum, eggs, seaweed, a bell, cobwebs and fishbones.|
I hope this inspires some of you to find activities/art, etc which can help your child to make more meaningful connections with their favourite books!
Thanks for reading! ~ L.