Our book for today was Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann . I adore this book almost as much as my little ones do. There is so much to look at and discuss beyond the few words on the pages. If you're not familiar with this book, it's about a non suspecting zoo keeper saying goodnight to the animals and a little gorilla that has pick pocketed his keys. He then proceeds to sneak behind the zoo keeper letting each of the animals out of their cages.
I went a little lazy on our art project, but they didn't seem to mind! I gave them wooden monkey cutouts, some paint, glue, and a set of googly eyes so they could make their own gorilla. Finally, we added a craft stick and a key ring and he was finished.
Most mornings, I invite one of the kids to help with snack prep. Bananas are the perfect snack to go with this book, naturally! They are also easy for little hands to help prepare. We used our zoo pal plates for added fun.
I borrowed a few locks and added what we had on hand to make enough locks to match the colors of keys/cages in Goodnight Gorilla. Then, using acrylic paints, dotted each lock and its corresponding key.
I showed the kids how to look at the lock and then pick the matching key. They caught right on and loved playing with the locks. At first they had to really work at getting the key in correctly and turning it, but once they did there was no stopping them!
Linking to: stART, Read Explore Learn, Fun For Kids Friday, We Play "Come Play at the Childhood 101 we play link up"