How many times a day do you or your yong reader say "Oops"? (Do you get a sinking feeling when your young reader says it?) Normally this would means a mistake has been made, but not so with our book choice for this week.
We all try so hard to be perfect, but it is much more fun to celebrate the imperfections that happen every day by turning them into good things. So Oops it up today and enjoy!
By Barney Saltzberg
In this Issue
This is a great activity for a day when everyone is in a silly mood. How many different ways can the paper be torn? We tried holding it with our elbow, using a chair leg, and then having one of the dogs stand on it (he wasn't very helpful, but made a great shark shape!). What will you do?
Why We Like It
- Encourages young readers to look at the torn paper in a new perspective and be creative
What You Will Need
- Construction paper
- Markers or crayons
How to Do It
- Place a piece of construction under a chair leg, under your foot, or anything else that will hold it down securely. Grasp part of the paper and pull to tear.
- Examine torn paper and see what you can turn it into!
- Use markers, crayons, or additional paper to add details.
Related Activity: It Looks Like...
We thought a lot about what would be a good recipe to go along with this book choice. Somehow, this fit the bill: similar to jelly, but its thinner consistency lends itself to lots of oops. So smear away, and don't worry about the oops!
Young Readers in the Kitchen
Kids can stir, mash the berries and, most importantly, smear on bread or graham crackers.
Adapted from Fifi's Fruit Spread.
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, thawed
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons sugar
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Mash berries with a potato masher, a wooden spoon, or a fork.
- Cook over very low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool. The smear will continue to thicken as it cools.
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