In preparation for the July Summer Virtual Book Club, I checked out lots of Don and Audrey Wood's books from the library, but the one that the kids asked me to read over and over was The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. In fact, they had it memorized in the first four days we had it. The narrator follows a little mouse who is going to pick a red, ripe strawberry. The narrator warns the mouse that the big hungry bear loves red ripes strawberries and will come looking for it no matter how the mouse tries to hide, disguise, or guard it. The narrator tells the mouse that the only way to keep himself safe from the bear is to cut the strawberry in half so they can share it.
Since my kids' favorite part was when the mouse divides the strawberry in two, it seemed like a good opportunity to practice our scissors skills. I made lots of paper strawberries and then drew a line dividing the strawberries in half.
I made straight lines.
and jagged lines.
and curved lines.
and the kids practiced cutting the strawberries in half following the lines.
They liked it so much that they cleaned me out of the strawberries I had made and I had to come up with something more challenging.
I can't wait to see which of the Woods' books you chose and what activities you did! Please link up any posts with activities for books by Don and Audrey Wood and find your next project! If you don't have a blog, you can still share your activities on the Virtual Book Club for Kids Facebook page!