Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss - Following Directions

I'd like to give a big thank you to my friend Rebecca for bringing her girls over to play our Following Directions Sneetches Relay Game! Pshew that is a mouth full! Sounds complicated but it was a ton of fun to play today. This was by far one of the easiest games that I've set up to play, it got the girls running (and therefore tired!) and it was a mini-craft, too.

First, we read the story, The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss while we were enjoying a snack. We discussed all sorts of things during the story including feelings, what it means to pay for something and why we should be nice to others.

Then we colored our very own stars (get the Star Page here) for our bellies and I cut them out while they decorated the "machine" (which was just an old diaper box that I covered in art paper). If you do not have a box or do not want to do that part of it, no problem. This game is very modify-able!

Last we went over the directions: run to the "machine" (box) and find your star. Put it on your tummy and run back. Then give a high-five to the next person in line. They then did all of those steps. When everyone had a star on her tummy, we did the process again but this time when they were at the "machine" they took the star off their tummy!

You could make it more complicated, especially for older kiddos, by making it more of an obstacle course. Jump over the pillow, crawl down the couch, hop to the "machine," etc... When taking off the star, you could have them do the course backwards :)

To find out what level of direction your child should be able to follow check out my Reading Development page here. The Following Directions skill information is on the second page.

Don't forget the Star Page (download a free printable page here)!

Have a great time getting and removing starts! Come back soon (everyone is welcome - star or no star!) for our Roast and Toast!

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