Laura Numeroff Week
If You Give A Pig A Pancake is another delightful I you give a…. story from Laura Numeroff. It is the tale of the circular adventures that occur when a little girl gives a pig a pancake. The pig dances, writes, builds and eats pancakes and the fun illustrations take you beyond the words on the page. Kids love this book and all of the silly things that happen that can’t really happen in real life! When I read this story to my class we start by looking at the front cover I point to the letter P in pig and ask what letter it is and then I ask if there is another letter P. We talk about how pig and pancake both start with the letter P. Then we make predictions about what they think would happen if you gave a pig a pancake and write them on chart paper. We read the story and then talk about if any of our predictions were correct. We also talk about if the events in the story could really happen. Here are a few If You Give A Pig A Pancake inspired activities:
1. Make a paper plate pig! This activity is simple and fun. I know my kiddos loved this when we did our farm unit last year! Let them paint a paper plate pink. They could mix red and white to make pink to add another learning opportunity. Then let them paint two triangles pink for a nose. After the plate and ears are dry assemble, add wiggly eyes, and a pink construction paper circle for a snout!
2. Feed the pig number recognition/counting game! To create this activity you will need an empty milk jug, pink paint, construction paper, wiggly eyes, sharpe and a spatula. To complete the project clean out the milk jug well…no one likes a smelly game! Paint the jug pink. I poured pink paint inside of my jug and let it drain down the sides with the cap on. Cut a mouth large enough for the spatula to fit through. Decorate with wiggly eyes and construction paper ears and snout. Cut circles out of brown construction paper to be pancakes. Use a sharpe to write numbers on the pancakes or dots for the students to count. To play call out a number and have the student use the spatula to pick up pancake and walk it to the pig and feed it! Fun game that incorporates motor skills!