Play: Kid Written Father’s Day Book – “If You Give Your Dad….”
My kindergartner has just finished up an author study of Laura Numeroff, who wrote If you Give a Mouse a Cookie, along with many other stories with the same “circular text” pattern. Yes, he came home and told me about circular text. Anyway, after hearing a friend mention the idea of using Numeroff’s books as a model for a Father’s Day book, I decided we would give it a try. The boys had a lot of fun with it and we can’t wait to give the books to my husband on Father’s Day. (Honey, if you’ve suddenly started reading my blog, now would be a good time to stop…)
We began by talking about the text pattern in Numeroff’s books, and the boys were excited when I told them they were going to write a book for Daddy with the same pattern. I suggested “If You Give Your Dad a Donut”, but I was quickly outvoted because everybody knows Daddy’s favorite food is ice cream. Although not quite as cute with the “D” alliteration, I had to admit they were right. The boys took turns coming up with ideas for the story, and I typed them out and printed a copy for each of them to illustrate. If you’d like to read it, here it is!
He’s going to want some chocolate cake to go with it.
After he eats the cake, he’ll ask for a napkin to clean up with.
The napkin will remind of a piece of paper, so he’ll ask for paper to make a paper airplane.
Daddy and his kids will play with paper airplanes together. When one lands on top of the TV, Daddy will decide to watch a cake baking contest on TV.
When he sees the cakes, he’s going to want some cake to eat.
And chances are when he gets his chocolate cake, he’s going to want some ice cream to go with it.
This little gift was basically free, but it required thought and imagination, and I know the boys are proud of their books and excited to give them to Daddy. Something tells me he’s going to like them (maybe even a little more than he likes ice cream…).