In this book, the Reindeer finds himself very hungry as he thinks about all the flying he will need to do on Christmas Eve. So, he starts looking for something to eat! This book targets many different Christmas vocabulary words, as well as counting skills and basic concepts. Vocabulary targeted includes Reindeer, jingle bells, ornaments, presents, Christmas lights, stockings, Christmas tree, hot chocolate, candy cain, gingerbread house, fruitcake, gingerbread man, eggnog and chestnuts; counting 1-6, all the days of the week, concepts of big, round, colors, etc.
How to use this mini book:
- You will need scissors to cut out the pictures and glue to glue them in. (Optional: you can laminate this book, and the pictures, and use Velcro to attach the pictures to the pages. This would be great for small groups.)
- You will notice on each page that there is a small picture of each Christmas item next to its name in the sentence. This is to help young children help you “read” the book. (The pictures can also be an extra visual cue for step four. The children can match picture to picture).
- Read the book once through with your child.
- Go through the book a second time and have your child either glue in the appropriate pictures on each page. You will find that there are extras of each picture. This is so that your child can practice counting out the correct number of objects (You could also have your child draw his/her own pictures for each page.)
- As your child glues/draws, talk a little about each Christmas item: What color is it? What shape is it? What is in it? What sound does it make? How big is it? What does it feel like? Etc.
- Talk about all the items on page 8…have you ever eaten them before? What do they taste like? Is it warm or cold? Hard or soft? Etc.
- Read the book often in the weeks leading up to Christmas. See if your child can “fill in the last word” on each sentence after you have read the story several times.
- Follow up activities: Have a scavenger hunt: Can you find the items in the story in your home? Where are they? What about at the store?
You can download your own copy of The Very Hungry Reindeer (with directions) HERE.
My daughter LOVED THIS! She had so much fun feeding the reindeer all the silly things as we read the story. She also is learning some new words! This would also be a great activity for a small group, like at circle time. You could give each child one of the items and have the child come up and feed the reindeer at the appropriate time in the story!
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With that…I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend with your families!