Though we read several of her books this month, we chose Spoon for our activity. Spoon thinks his friends have it so much better than he does. He doesn't get to cut and spread like Knife. He doesn't get to go practically everywhere like Fork, and he's not cool and exotic like Chopsticks. Then he finds out that his friends think Spoon is the lucky one. He gets to be silly and bang on a pot, unlike Knife who is always handled so seriously. Fork wishes he could measure things like Spoon. There's lots of lessons in this humorous book - be happy with what you have, accept yourself and your own unique gifts, the grass is always greener, etc.
This is such a fun book that it's easy to think of extension activities for it, so I came up with a list of 10.
1. Make a spoon family using craft supplies and plastic cutlery.
play the spoons.
3. Practice using a knife. Since my kids are younger, we used plastic knives.
5. Balance something on a spoon (plastic Easter eggs work great). Run a race while balancing it. Or jump up and down. Or go through an obstacle course.
7. Get out the play dough (the edible kind would be fun) and find some fun things in your kitchen utensil drawer. Practice using them on the play dough. See what kind of prints they make in the dough.
9. Learn how to hang a spoon from your nose.
10. Read Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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