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?