The book incorporates elements of number recognition up to five so can be effectively used for learning numbers in a fun way. Interesting to find out was that this was Julia Donaldson's first published picture book in 1993. Goodreads have given the book 4 and a lot of people have commented on how the book has a good use of rhythm. When considering the text there are many different size words "tiny for two" "titchy for three" this could make for interesting discussion.
When it came to sharing the story together I thought of some activities related to squashing and squeezing. I think it is really important that the books can also become a sensory experience and will endeavour to do this more often. I decided to make sensory balloons (this is something that I have wanted to do for ages) it worked really well. This would be a great activity for siblings to make the balloons for each other.
|This is how to fill the balloon as it took me ages to realise!|
|Items used to make the sensory balloons|
The items that we used for the balloons were
- rice (had some that I had dyed)
- gravy granules (make a good crunch noise)
- spiral pasta
- ready brek
- Rice Krispies (again crunchy)
- Golden syrup (My favourite)
|"This one does not crunch Mommy"|
Some squashing and squeezing of the balloons. Then Little Boo said "I want to look inside, get my scissors Mommy" so we did.
|Cutting open the balloon|
|squeeze to get it all out.|
|Inside the folder Little Boo could stick the images on the Velcro in order.Then peeled them off in the order they left the house|