Feed Me Books Friday: Put me in the Zoo!

April 23, 2010


Janna from The Adventures in Motherhood has allowed me to host Feed Me Books Friday this week. If you are not familiar with this weekly link-up, head over to her site to read more about it! Next week's optional theme is Books You Can Sing Aloud i.e. Old MacDonald!)

Put me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire is a favorite book of mine from childhood that Juliet also loves to read with me. It's one of those books we never seem to get tired of. 

I had some red sticky back felt left over from another project that I thought would be great for making some spots for Juliet to wear one afternoon. 


I just traced some circles on the back and cut them out. ( I found this felt at walmart--in the craft section.) 


At one point in the book, "Spot" transfers his spots to the children. I thought we could pretend that part together. 

Juliet was more than excited to place spots all over herself "just like the book!" 


It was easy and fun, but here's what I didn't think about: the adhesive. It's not really meant to be removable. In fact, I think the point of this felt is so that you don't have to sew it onto projects, you can just stick it on. So....it was pretty darn sticky. 

Bad news for Juliet's right arm (do you see that we placed one there?!)

I was afraid we would have a hard time pulling it off, (Have you removed a bandaid from a three-year-old lately? BABY TORTURE.) but it turned out to come off without any pain. 

It came off the clothes, too, but left behind a lot of residue. Fortunately, I washed the clothes once and that took care of it--so no harm done, after all!

However, I would warn you to NOT do this activity while your child is wearing his or her nicest outfits. Make sure they are wearing something old, preferably cotton. That's what Juliet was wearing and I was able to wash all the residue off very easily. 

So, now it's your turn! What books do you have to share with us today? Link up below and let us know! I can't wait to see what you are reading! (Any post about a book or books is welcome!)

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20 comments:

Christy said...

I loved that book as a child, but have not yet introduced it to my children. Brilliant activity to go with it. Thank you for sharing this!

Ginny Marie said...

I loved this book when I was little, too! I love going to the bookstore to buy books for my kids that I loved as a little girl, and it's exciting to find that the publishers are still making them!

I love your activity, too! So cute!

Judy said...

I've never heard of this book before. I'll have to rectify the situation so my son doesn't miss out, it looks like such a fun book!

Ticia said...

Very cute. It's so much to make books interactive like that.

Brimful Curiosities said...

Do you think removable tape like painter's tape would work with just plain felt? Hmm... I might have to give it a shot. My kids would love to sport some spots. We have the board book version of Put me in the Zoo.

Ashley said...

We love this book at our house... Jenny would LOVE the dot activity! We'll have to try that next time we read the book! :)

Gretchen said...

When I was a child, we found this book at my grandmother's house, and it was a favorite for YEARS! I love the dot activity. I'll need to remember that in a few years. For now, I might just do it and give a couple dots to the baby to play with. I think this book comes in board book . . .

Raising a Happy Child said...

Thanks for heads-up on the sticky felt - I just bought some of it. Now I am looking forward to finding this book!

oh amanda said...

You are hilarious, Vanessa. Sounds like exactly like what I would do, "Oh this is a great idea! Oh, wait? It ruined your clothes..."

:)

artsy_momma said...

We have the board book version.... such a cute book! Fun activity too!

Chels said...

I really like that you share the good and the bad of your ideas! We have this board book and love it! Thanks for the suggested activity! I need to participate in Feed Me Friday! Looks like fun!

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Well, they sure look adorable for the picture! Glad they didn't hurt coming off and she looks like she really enjoyed being covered. I haven't actually read this one, so we'll need to find it at the library next time.

vanessa said...

I didn't know there was a board book version of this one, but it would be a great one to read with toddlers as well! I hope you all have fun with the dots and if you haven't read the book yet, I really hope you find a copy at the library! It's such a great one. Thanks to everyone for linking up! This was fun!

Shonda said...

Vanessa, you will have to read this book to your little girl and to your new baby. My K students loved it!

Janna said...

I love this Vanessa! Looks like some GREAT participation too! Thank you for hosting! Back to the conference I go!

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

What a fun activity! I'm sure she loved it, it's just such a fun book. :) Good thing everything came clean, you are too funny. I will have to link up to this linky next week... I guess I haven't been paying attention - I didn't know about it until today! Thanks for reminding me of this book!

Debbie said...

I've never heard of the book, I will have to look for it. Love the red dots and interaction with the story!

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What a great idea! Kids would have so much fun with this project. Thanks for sharing!


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Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Hehe! What a cute idea. I'm sure you guys had a blast doing this. Thanks for linking up to Tot Tuesdays. Please join me next week for another great party!

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