We are so lucky to participate in the Love Books Summer Exchange for the second time! It is graciously hosted by The Educators’ Spin On It. If you are not familiar with The Educators’ Spin On It, you are in for a treat. Two educators, Amanda and Kim, share wonderful tips they learned in their teaching careers with all of us! This is the third year they have organized the Love Books Summer Exchange. Last year, we enjoyed Goodnight California that we received from Growing Book by Book. This year, we were paired with Tara from Feels Like Home. The Sugar Snaps were so excited when the package from Tara’s family arrived in the mail. We also sent Tara’s family a package. Be on the lookout on Feels Like Home to find out what we sent them and what activities they did.
The package contained all of these wonderful art supplies and the book Giggle, Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin. We were so excited. We had never read the book before and I proceeded to read it to them right away and they really enjoyed the humor. The story is about a farmer who leaves his brother in charge while he is on vacation. A mischievous duck changes all the notes he had written to his brother for instructions and the animals have all kinds of fun while Farmer Brown is away.
Tara provided the animals you see pictured above on heavy cardstock. I cut them out and used the provided glue dots and popsicle sticks to make puppets to go along with the story. The Sugar Snaps started calling out which characters they wanted to play as soon as they spied the puppets.
They all had fun using the puppets to act out the story. I love that there are so many characters to choose from and that they can take turns playing the different parts each time we read the story.
We really appreciate the thought and effort that Tara and her family put forth to send us this fun package full of engaging activities! We will be enjoying Giggle, Giggle Quack for many years to come.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Feels Like Home, please head over and check it out. Tara has so many great ideas and helpful hints. She has even published a book on ingenious ways you can use things you already have at home!
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Book exchanges are so much fun! If you haven’t tried it, I suggest joining in or creating your own. Other families will come up with activities and books that are new to you and you will do the same for them. It adds a spark of excitement in early literacy that your children (and ours) will not soon forget.