I’m glad to be a part of a great Halloweeen Read and Play blog hop today as well. The Halloween-ish book I chose to focus on is The Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain. I loved this book when I was a child, so I love that it has lived on in to my children’s generation. Strawberry loves the “three bears” (as she calls them).
For my toddler daughter’s workbox this week, then, I decided to continue the fall-ish theme started with apples last week by playing with trees!
Our Trees Read and Play activity includes all of these tree activities I mention below. However, my main tie-in to The Spooky Old Tree is a fun action game that Strawberry loved and did not want to stop playing!
We practiced prepositions by acting them out. I wrote up 12 cards with actions (over, under, around, on) with a Great Sleeping Bear (as acted by myself and my son), actions (around, through, in, and on) with the “spooky old tree” (as represented by a folding chair), and actions (up, down, and on top of) with the “twisty old stairs” (as represented by our playroom’s stairs). Strawberry had to answer “Yes! I dare!” for each “dare” and then she had to do it.
She loved this game! She especially loved crawling over the sleeping bear, because somehow we always awoke and had to chase and tickle her. Surprisingly, climbing up and down the stairs was a delight as well! It’s amazing how such a simple game is so much fun for a two-year-old child!
We played our preposition fun game on Monday, but I also included the cards I made in her workbox for when I am teaching my class at co-op. This would be an easy activity for you to recreate, even without the cards. Or, you can get a revised edition at my shop!
I also put in these tree-related activities.
- Tree Scavenger Hunt (download this from my shop for free!) I also put in the toddler camera. It was about $10 5 years ago and it does not take very good pictures, but she loves playing with it.
- Felt Tree and Leaves. I made this myself, but I saw it all over Pinterest.
- Ripped Paper Tree Collage. Strawberry helped draw the brown lines that are the tree’s branches and trunk.
- Roll and Say Fall ABC by Fantastic Fun and Learning.
- Fall Leaves and Shadows matching file folder game from totschooling.net.
- Where is the Leaf? preposition booklet from Pre-K Pages.com
- LEGO brick tree and LEGOs.
- Tree snack (pretzels and grapes). Idea from Fantastic Fun and Learning (not pictured)
- Apple trees and puffs (not pictured: these are the freebie I shared last week)
This post is part of an AWESOME Halloween Read and Play Blog Hop. Make sure to check out the other book based activities from fantastic bloggers!
Don’t forget to check out the Halloween Read and Play Pinterest Board which features ALL these great activities!