We got this fun little package in the mail from BookRoo last week with “The Snatchabook” and have been having so much fun with the books I just had to share some of the activities that have evolved. Check out my Review of BookRook Box post for more details about BookRoo and a promo code of 15% off!
This is a darling story! Someone is stealing all the books and a little bunny named Eliza Brown takes matters into her own hands and solves the mystery! The Eliza catches the Snatchabook and finds out that she is taking all the books because she doesn’t have anyone to read to her. She helps the Snatchabook make amends and makes a plan so that she can be read to every night. This story is written as a poem. That is where our first activity comes in.
First Activity Idea: Discuss and Identify Rhyming Words
We read this book multiple times the first couple days. You know like when kids watch the same Disney movie over and over? Well we were on repeat with Snatchabook! There are lots of opportunities to point out rhyming words while you are reading. so by the third or fourth time we had read it I explained what rhyming was, in 2 and 4 year old terms, and then told them to help me find the rhyming words when I was reading. At first they weren’t catching them so at the end of the stance I would repeat the words that rhymed, like this,
“Eliza saw a shadow loom,
enormous right across her room”
With this example you would point out loom and room
By the end of the book they both would get excited when they heard them and could say them before I did! This turned into a game! We played “How Many Words Can we Think of that Rhyme” so we picked a word from the book and thought of as many rhyming words. We stared making up words and were laughing hysterically at our word creations by the end. THIS IS SO GOOD! Please point out words that rhyme when you read to your children!! It is EASY peasey, no prep, no materials, just you and your brain.
Second Activity Idea: Make a Book for Snatchabook
We started talking about poor little Snatchabook that didn’t know how to read. We decided to make “picture” books for Snatchabook.
We discussed some of our favorite stories, ones that we have read or that I have made up and told them, and talked about what kind of story Snatchabook would like. Once we decided on a story to share I told them that every story has a Beginning, Middle, and End. We discussed what they would be in our story. You know I helped them make a plan of what they were going to do and then I let them at it with the art supplies!
I sat next to little Mr 2 year old and we drew a story about cars together. Miss 4 year old (naturally) wanted to, “make her own story!” So I facilitated and helped scaffold her progression. We couldn’t use any words just pictures to tell the story. (This is SO GOOD for children to practice sequencing, problem solving, fine motor skills, and comprehension of a story)
I got out these little blank page books that I found at the (place I spend all my money) Dollar Section at Target. But you can use sheets of paper and staple them together, just something so that they feel like they are “making a book” and the pages are sequenced. We actually spent 2 days on this activity! They wanted to keep working on their books, adding details, so #momwin it kept them engaged for more the 3 minutes!
Third Activity Idea: Play Snatchabook
We played Snatchabook! There are a few variations of this game so you can change it up or do what sounds like the most fun!
Mr 2 started this game, I looked into the playroom and he was taking all the books off the bookshelf and stacking them on the floor (just like the bunny does to make a trap for the thief in the book). We started playing Snatchabook. We got 5 books, I showed them to Mr 2 and Miss 4, we stacked them up and then they closed their eyes while I took a book. They opened their eyes and had to guess which book I had snatched. We took turns playing. You can add to the number of books depending on your child’s age.
Another game to play is to have one of you leave the room while the other person hides the book, when you come back in the person can say “hotter” or “colder” to help direct to the book.
Hopefully you have some ideas of how to make the story come to life and extend it into play. If you are just discovering BookRoo make sure to read my review and just imagine how wonderful it would be to open your front door and see this sitting on the stoop!
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