Do you remember the reuse it letter hunt?
Well, when I found this book yesterday at the library I knew we had to try that activity again.
"Max's Words" by Kate Banks and Boris Kolikov is about a little boy who is jealous of the collections that his two brother have; stamps and coins. So he decides to start his own collection, letters and words. He starts cutting out words and builds a huge collection and then realizes that he can make sentences and stories out of his words. His brother's get in on the action in the end and make stories of their own.
It is a cute book and Sam liked reading it and then doing the letter hunting again.
We grabbed old magazines, paper, scissors and glue and went to town. For complete instructions see the link above.
She has gotten much better at recognizing her letters so it was much more of a successful activity this time around. Her cutting skills have also improved.
We love combining books and activities and this was a big hit at our house today!
The Nitty Gritty!
Linking up to JDaniel4's Mom - Read. Explore. Learn today. So welcome to any readers stopping by from over there.
Sam is not old enough to do as Max does in the book and cut out words to make sentences and stories but letter hunting is always fun a great way for her to continue to work on recognizing the different ways letters can be written. Plus it is a great re-use it activity for junk mail, newspapers and magazines.
But if you have older kids I would encourage them to try out the word collection idea. Cut out words and see if they can make their own sentences or stories! I can see this being a fun activity for a kindergarten or first grade class as well. Or a fun homework project for that age!
I am headed up North tonight for a two day environmental education conference with the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education. Getting together with these folks is great and I always get so inspired. Hoping to squeeze in some snowshoeing, hiking and skiing as well! Should be a great weekend. And I will of course spread that inspiration and any new ideas that I get back with all of you so be sure to check back on Monday to hear about the weekend!!
Daddy has the girls and I have outside time and lots of books lined up for them. More about that tomorrow!