When I heard that August's author of the month was Donald Crews, I thought we would do an activity for Freight Train, which my son loves. But when we went to the library we found Ten Black Dots and my daughter fell in love with it. The rhyming story turns ten black dots into different things like balloons stuck in a tree or the portholes of a boat. It's great counting and number recognition practice. To extend the number practice, we did a simple activity involving paint chips.
I collected brightly colored paint chips and numbered them from 1 to 10. I made a set for each of my kids.
I shuffled the cards and we worked on putting them in order. My five year old also wanted to put them in reverse order.
They used a paper punch to make holes that corresponded to the number on each card.
They also traced the numbers and practiced writing them.
I think the brightly colored paint chips made all the difference in their attitude about this activity. In fact, it was their idea to trace and practice writing the numbers because they liked the little cards so much.
*This activity was inspired by an idea I saw at Totally Tots. They also have lots of other great ideas like these name puzzles.
Have you done any activities or crafts for Donald Crews books? Please link them up or share it on the Virtual Book Club for Kids facebook page!
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