Thursday, February 24, 2011

Goodnight Gorilla Fun

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.

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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.

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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.

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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"

17 comments :

Phyllis said...

Very cute ideas!

Ms Debbie said...

We are doing a jungle theme this week. This was great timing !

April said...

Opening locks is such a fun activity to include! But I guess you are going to have to hide the keys to any places you want to keep them out of now lol!

Coming through from stART!

Michelle said...

What a cute project. I am sure they had fun making their gorillas and using them to retell the story! I also love the snack and lock activities too. Thank you for linking up to stART :0)

Sandy said...

Great ideas! I love those Gorillas!

Charlene said...

What cute ideas to go with the book. We love that book too!

Christy said...

I love the locks activity!

When C was little, this was his FAVORITE book. I used to pretend that the giraffe stood up in the house and bumped his head and C would crack up laughing every time. Kids grow up too fast.

Lynn said...

SO creative and fun!!! Thanks for sharing!

LocalFunForKids said...

That looks like so much fun. I love the theme! Don't forget to come and link up with Fun for Kids Friday.
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lindsy said...

What great ideas! We love that book too :)

phasejumper said...

Love the locks and adding the key ring to your craft! Visiting from JDaniel's Mom.

Jackie H. said...

I LOVE that book! What a great idea to incorporate the locks- on the craft and in the play. cute, cute.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We haven't read this book. It looks wonderful. The keys with locks is a great idea. JDaniel would love playing with them.

Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

Rashi said...

What a great project, really like the lock activity too. Thanks for sharing.

Pip said...

what lovely ideas and great links to the book. Will have to hunt that story out. looks like lots of fun!! Kids and keys are great. i set some locks and keys out for Valentines, the kids had a fantastic time!!
Thanks for sharing xx

Mama Pea Pod said...

Fun! My three year old is taking great interest in locks these days (just yesterday she and her little friend locked themselves in the bathroom and we had to take the lock apart to get them out!). It's probably time she learned how to use them - not just to close, but also to open!

Rashi said...

great book and an even better activity to go along with it, thanks!

Check out my recent post @ http://blog.memetales.com/2011/03/counting-activities-kids-craft/