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What takes up less shelf-space than a notebook, helps extend the enjoyment of favorite picture books with fun activities, actively involves pre-readers and beginning readers in exploring the content of stories, promotes high-level thinking skills, and is fully jelly-proof?

If you guessed the title above this description, you're not only a master of the obvious, but also 100% correct! Did I mention inexpensive? And, most of these are for picture books not covered by those "other" literature guides for youngers. My sample is for The Empty Pot by Demi. The sturdy, laminated card is double-sided. The front side begins with a summary of the book. These are followed by "Read Together" Strategies for the book; suggestions for points of discussion before, during, and after reading; then a series of cross-curricular activities (mostly on the card back). There are seven activities to celebrate the book:

  • locate the setting (China) on a map or globe and discuss (Social Studies)
  • have your child retell the story (memory, oral language) then make up a story with a similar situation (applying, creating, verbal-linguistic)
  • make a paper flower bouquet (Art)
  • plant flower seeds as the main character did and tend the plants (Science)
  • make flower pot treats with ice cream, cookies, and other supplies (life skills, following directions)
  • create paper plate fans similar to the one the emperor had, using scenes from the book as decoration (memory, creative, art)
  • pretend to be the emperor and think of someone who deserves recognition in your family or town. Work together to write a proclamation honoring the person, and reward with a small gift.
  • At the bottom of the back side are six other suggested picture books to enjoy with themes similar to The Empty Pot. Some have a similar setting, others have like themes of courage and honesty, and some share the flower-planting/growing aspect. If you include these other selections, it would be interesting to compare and contrast them to the main read and concoct your own activities for each. I like these because they're inexpensive, durable, have a reasonable number of diverse activities, and include correlative literature to extend the experience.

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