In the tall, tall grass.
Hi everyone! Welcome back to another edition of Tips for Tots!
In today’s post, we have another nature-inspired book that is perfect to read with your child during springtime! It’s called In the Tall, Tall Grass, written and illustrated by Denise Fleming.
Each page describes what the creatures are doing or the sounds they make, like:
The sound-based vocabulary words, bold illustrations, and catchy rhymes make this a perfect book for early readers who are learning to explore the world around them.
The book allows you to do activities with your child based on the critters that the narrator encounters.
Let's go over some fun ways to get your child engaged with In the Tall, Tall Grass!
Act out what the creatures are doing.
As you encounter action-words and sound effects for each creature in the book, have your child act out what the creature is doing, and imitate the sounds. This book provides an opportunity on every page for your child to use their imagination and emulate what they see!
Do Your own scavenger hunt.
After reading this book, you can take your child on an outdoor scavenger hunt to see if they can find any of the creatures from the book in real life. Make a list of the insects and animals that were shown in the book, and see how many of them your child can find in your yard, at the park, or any other natural location of your choosing! This is a great way to make Text-to-World connections, and to allow your child to learn about the world around them.
Clothes Pin Craft
With this craft, your child can create their own little bee – and this one doesn’t sting!
Your end result should look something like this!
Pom-Pom Caterpillar craft.
This simple and easy craft will make an adorable, colorful caterpillar just like the ones on the first page of the book!
Paper Chain snake craft
The last craft inspired by one of the creatures in today’s book is a paper chain snake!
That’s all for today’s edition of Tips for Tots! We hope you enjoy reading In the Tall, Tall Grass with your child, and doing some fun nature-inspired activities that are perfect for springtime! See you next time!
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Emily Capolupo is a student at West Chester University, majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders in order to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. Emily is working with AHHAH to expand their Chester County Imagination Library as her Capstone project for West Chester University’s Honors Program.