We’ve been enjoying some books from the Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems for the last several weeks. The illustrations and stories are easy to understand and full of things to talk about. They also lead to very simple activities that take little preparation. I would recommend all four of the ones we’ve been reading. They are especially good for beginning readers as the words are large, simple and repeated. I’ll list them in the order that Gage likes them best.
Can I Play Too? Ages 3-5. 57 pages
Themes- Frienship, Making friends, Thinking outside the box for solutions, Inclusion
Snake wants to play catch with Gerald and Piggie and embarrassment, sadness, and determination come into play.
I hope I’m not spoiling anything here by saying that Piggie’s solution to the no hands problem was using the snake as the ball. Jason and Gage used his blue snake to play catch. There wasn’t a lot of catching , but he tried and he had fun throwing.
Should I Share My Ice Cream? Ages 4-6. 64 pages
Themes- Friendship, Sharing, Doing the right thing.
Gerald buys an ice cream cone and before he eats it he wonders if he should share it with Piggie. As he goes back and forth on whether to share, the cone melts. Piggie saves the day.
So, this activity took less than 5 minutes of preparation, just long enough to cut and tape together a “cone” for the (dirty) “ice cream”. We were able to watch the melting process in action without the mess 🙂 It took over 3 hours to totally melt.
I’m a Frog! Ages 4-8. 64 pages
Themes- Pretend play
Piggie pretends to be a frog and Gerald doesn’t understand what’s going on until Piggie explains how he too can pretend to be something else.
The picture is terrible, but you get the idea. After reading the story we all took turns pretending to be other animals and then guessing what they were. He’s mid-jump.
Pigs Make Me Sneeze! Ages 3-5. 64 pages
Themes- Friendship, Getting sick
Gerald thinks he allergic to Piggie because he can’t stop sneezing around her and is relieved to know that he is only getting sick and they can still be friends.
No pics with this one because aside from pretending to sneeze and taking turns saying bless you we didn’t really do much.
I can’t wait to check out more of the Elephant & Piggie series!