October Parent Guide Activities - FOOD FUN!

October Parent Guide Activities - FOOD FUN!

This month's theme is Food Fun - each book has been selected to explore the concepts of cooking or eating - prompting conversations about different types of food, and the importance of making healthy choices.

Starting with the Bitty Box, we had two sturdy board books - Monster Food and Play With Your Plate.

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Feed the monster! Follow the instructions on our blog to create a monster out of an empty cereal box. Then, cut pictures of food and non-food (like chairs and shoes!) out of magazines or newspapers and sort into piles of things people eat vs. monsters eat. Then feed the monster!

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Play with your Plate! is a unique concept that encourages children to link motor skills and storytelling. Try interacting with the book in different ways - first, allow your child to explore on their own - encouraging them to interact with of the mini books in their own way, seeing if they can make meaning. Then, explore the book together, showing your child how the mini books can interact with each other.
  • Create a meal on the book plate that you can recreate in a real meal. Work with your child to talk about different foods they like, and decide on a meal together. Then, go shopping for the foods and have your child help you create the meal. Can you compare it to the book? Does the meal look the same?

Next up is our Biggie Box. In this month's box we had two gorgeous hardcover books: No Way, Yirrikipayi! and Quill Soup.

Language Concepts:

With simple text and lots of repetition, No Way Yirrikipayi is a great book for young readers to test out their independent reading skills, while also introducing new vocabulary with the Tiwi words that parent and child can learn together. New words are a great opportunity to show that we're all still learning!

See if your child knows the animal word in English before learning it in Tiwi. It may help to explain that there are lots of different ways to say words around the world, and that for example, another way of saying 'crocodile' is 'yirrikipayi'.

Discussion Topics:

  • Before reading - what kind of book do you think this is? Encourage readers to use the title and cover illustrations as clues. 
  • While reading - do you think the crocodile is going to find something to eat?
  • After reading - were you surprised by the ending?
  • Which of the animals in the book was your favourite?

Hands-On Activities:

  • The pictures in No Way, Yirrikipayi were drawn by children from Melville Island. Can you choose an animal in the story and draw it in your own way?
  • Different animals eat different types of foods. Crocodiles and snakes are both carnivores, meaning they only eat meat. Take the time to learn about carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores in the animal kingdom.
  • Make a crocodile swamp sensory bin by creating your own ooey gooey ooblek! Recipe and instructions available HERE.

Language Concepts:

One of the things we love most about Quill Soup is the way it uses both illustrations and text to tell the story - without the pictures, the reader would miss some important parts of the story, like the other animals hiding their food so they don't need to share.

With so much dialogue, Quill Soup is also the perfect book to test out some character voices! Ask your child what kind of voice they think Noko, the monkeys, the rabbits, or the warthog might have. How might they sound? For older readers, point out the quotation marks in the story and explain that this means a character is talking. Practice the different character voices each time a different animal is speaking.

Discussion Topics:

  • Before reading - what kind of book do you think this is? Encourage readers to use the title and cover illustrations as clues. 
  • While reading – do you think the animals are telling the truth when they told Noko they didn't have food?
  • After reading - talk about how the animals behaved to Noko when they first met him, and why they changed their minds.
  • How does it feel when you arrive in a new place? For example, when you go to a new daycare, school, or home. Do you feel nervous? Do you think Noko was nervous when he arrived at the animal village?

Hands-On Activities:

  • Create your own soup to share with friends. Try drawing a picture of a big soup pot, and cutting out pictures of food from a magazine to glue onto the pot. What kind of foods would you like to include? Are there any foods in the story you would not put in your soup?
  • Write a letter to Noko the porcupine, welcoming him to the animal village. What nice things would you say to make him feel welcome and not so nervous?

Our Family Box included one book from our Bitty Box and one from our Biggie Box. This month's books were No Way, Yirrikipayi! and Monster Food.

xx Karly
Owner, Bookieboo 

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