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"kitten's first full moon"
READING ROCKETS | CREATIVE MINDS | LEARNING
The Virtual Book Club for Kids
's author in the month of August was Kevin Henkes
, and we spent many hours indulging in his artistic, literary world. In fact, we read so many Henkes' books that my children thought that almost every story in the world had been written by Kevin Henkes! I decided to feature Kitten's First Full Moon
because of its versatility and because the book has accompanied us since Dominik was one year old. Our activities involved playing 'Kitten Says,' making a 3D cotton kitten, and creating a lunar diagram, which we will showcase in the next post.
Kitten Says: Action Verbs
Kitten's First Full Moon
is a delightful story about a kitten that mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk and makes several attempts at reaching it. Kitten's struggles to catch the elusive bowl of milk are visualized by exquisite black-and-white illustrations for which Kevin Henkes received the 2005 Caldecott Medal
. The book's rhythmic text is filled with action and suspense, which creates a perfect segue to teaching children action words in a playful way. Playing 'Kitten Says' with children generates a lot of laughter and is a simple recipe for a fun-filled walk in a park.
Cotton Ball Kitten
Our next project involved creating a 3D cotton ball kitten. All we needed was back construction paper, cotton balls and/or pads, googly eyes, contact paper, and a black pipe cleaner.
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1. Print a template of a kitten on a black construction paper and cut it out.
2. Gather cotton balls and/or pads and ask your child to tear them up. This is a great activity for practicing fine motor skills.
3. Place contact paper under the template.
4. Sticks the cotton ball pieces onto the sticky surface of the contact paper.
5. Attach googly eyes, mouth made of a pipe cleaner, and paper whiskers.
Phases of the Moon
One of the common themes associated with Kitten's First Full Moon is lunar science. Please visit us soon to take a look at the beautiful lunar diagram we created!
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