if you give a pig a pancake activity idea

November 13, 2009


If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, Illustrated by Felicia Bond

This is one of our favorite books to read together. From a very young age, Juliet has been fascinated by these If You Give... books, but I think this one has always been her favorite.

I thought it would be fun to take our digital camera and our stuffed pig (who looks a lot like the pig in the book) and reenact the picture/letter writing segment of the book which comes right after a tap dancing session.

"Then she'll want you to take her picture. So you'll have to get your camera. When she sees the picture, she'll ask you to take more. Then she'll want to send one to each of her friends. You'll have to give her some envelopes and stamps and take her to the mailbox."

Juliet picked up the piggy and we went through the various rooms of our home and took shots of her and the pig--on the couch, in her reading chair, in the kitchen, etc...and then we went outside.
Juliet had so much fun posing with the pig and finding new places to have her picture taken. The funniest one was when she put the pig in front of one garage door and then sat herself in front of the other and said, 'Okay, now we are TWINS.'

After the photo shoot, I uploaded the pics and picked them up at the one-hour developing center. I set out some envelopes, paper, markers, stamps, and return address labels. Juliet had a lot of fun looking at her photos and then stuffing the envelopes to send to her friends and family. She "wrote" letters to include with the photos, but I think the best part for her was sealing the envelopes and placing the stamps.

When we were finished, she proudly marched her letters down to the mailbox and placed them inside. I can't wait to hear from people who receive them. I included no explanation--they just received a few scribbles and a random picture of a pig.

I am hoping to make Julie's Pumpkin pancake recipe soon--which would be another fun activity idea to go along with this book.

Do you have a favorite If You Give book? Any good ideas to share?

6 comments:

The Activity Mom said...

Oh we love them ALL! 4 or 5 of them on are sale at Kohls for $5 each (hardcover) and the stuffed animals to match (also $5). I've been trying to search for different activities to go along with them and have found the most on homeschoolshare.com
I really like how you guys made your own book/story with your stuffed pig. So fun!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Wow, this is so great! Thanks for sharing!

Angel said...

These look great. I found a link that has lesson plans to go along with some of the books in this series.

http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/Themes/If_You_Give_a_____Books/index.shtml

She has some cool things on her website also.

http://www.lauranumeroff.com/kids_fun/index.htm

whisperingwhispers said...

Oh what a cute idea! Loved it all!

I bet everyone will be thrilled over her little letters and pictures!

Zoe said...

I don't know the If you Give... books - I'll have to look them up. What I do know is this was a fab looking/sounding activity - I hope Juliet gets lots of lovely post in return:-)

Jackie said...

Great idea! My kids love these books. My 4 year old's favorite right now is If You Give a Cat a Cupcake. He likes them all, though.

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