here. All it requires is three clothespins, paper, scissors, glue, and something to make the spots with (we used do-a-dot marker). We used an old paint chip sample for the body, which made it nicely sturdy.
And then we made this face mask. I have been meaning to incorporate more scissor time into our day (or, let's face it, ANY scissor time. I don't know why I never think of it). So I let him cut up strips of brown paper into confetti, and then we used those as spots to decorate the giraffe.
Here are the companion books we read:
Giraffe (Natural World): The book was a little advanced for him (he's 2 years, 9 months), so I just skimmed, reading selected parts aloud. I also decided to try something new and kept a piece of paper with us while we read it. I wrote down certain facts that we learned from the book. I thought it would help to have a few key things to read over during the week and retain (more on how that really worked later). Here were our simple giraffe facts:
Giraffes are the tallest animals
Giraffes live in Africa.
Giraffes eat leaves off of trees.
Giraffes can't swim.
Giraffes sleep standing up, only four hours per night.
A Kiss for Lily
This was a cute concept. Lily the giraffe wants a kiss, but she can't seem to get one, due to her extreme height (no one can reach). Eventually her friend Michael, a boy who lives nearby, comes up with a plan, and succeeds in making her wish come true. The Bibliophile enjoyed it. I liked the problem solving employed by Michael. But I thought the end was a little too... well...a bit much. Judge for yourself:
"Michael gave Lily a kiss on the cheek. It was so nice, he gave her a kiss on the other cheek too. And that was so very, very nice, he gave her a kiss one each eye as well. / Lily smiled and licked Michael's face and then happily shut her eyes and went to sleep dreaming of Michael's sweet, warm kisses."
Story of Giraffe
This story begins with Noah warning Giraffe that he needs to go find a girl giraffe and get on the arc quickly. So Giraffe tries to find his female other (mostly by asking his animal friends), to no avail. Eventually, he finds himself late for the arc, and in deep water (literally). Employing some skills taught to him by his fish friend earlier that day, he is able to swim to the arc. Here is the Bibliophile's reaction to it, and my proud mommy "I taught him that!" moment:
Me: Did you like this book?Another giraffe (and mouse) book we read last year and enjoyed was Never Too Little to Love. You can read our old review of it here.
Me: What did you like about it?
Bibliophile: You [I] liked that he asked all of his animal friends.
Me: Is there anything that you did not like about it?
Bibliophile: You [I] did not like that a giraffe can’t swim.
For the rest of the week, we'll probably just have a giraffe snack (lettuce and some sort of "twigs"), play with a large animal sticker book that he has been wanting to reappear for while, and review the few facts we learned from the first book. I'd like to say that we'll go see the giraffes at the local zoo, but my membership expired this month, and I think I'll wait until next spring to renew.
I will be linking this post up with Little Masterpieces, STart, Read Aloud Thursday, A Crafty Soiree, and Kids Get Crafty.
Comment: Do you have any favorite giraffe crafts or books to share? What are your or your kids' favorite animals? Apparently next week will be orangutan week around here (when he said "monkey," I thought we had it easy, but he clarified).
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