Picture books can be a great starting point for an activity or leaning exercise. Read the book and then use it as a springboard for an art, creative writing or drama project. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
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At the beginning of Someone Bigger, Sam and his dad make the kite that causes all the trouble. Ask the children to make their own simple kites and see if they can fly them. There are hundreds of sites featuring instructions for simple kites on the web, here are just a few of them:
Skratch Pad has instructions for making a diamond kite similar to Sam's as well as some background information on kites.
Life Hacker features a selection of simple kite projects including one which claims to be "The complete time tested instructions to get 20 kids making their own kites and flying them in 20 minutes"
WikiHow also features instructions for several simple kites including this page for making one out of a plastic bag.
Planet Green shows how to make a kite from eco-friendly materials.
The characters in If We Had A Sailboat improvise a sailboat, a train and a rocket from everyday objects.
Divide the children into small groups and give them a selection of props, such as tablecloths, rugs, rope, cardboard boxes, tubs, buckets, poles, brooms, chairs, play-tents. See how many objects or locations they can improvise from their imagination.
At the end of the session, get individual groups to mime out a scene with their props and see if the other group can guess the object or location.