Describing With Adjectives

As kids learn to write creatively, picking up vivid sensory details is key.  Describing with adjectives that paint a picture and appeal to the reader’s senses is the goal. We love to learn via our favorite books and recently we were inspired by {affiliate link} Elephant and Piggie’s Should I Share My Ice Cream? by the amazing Mo Willems

Learning About Adjectives with Elephant and Piggie

In Should I Share My Ice Cream?, Gerald the Elephant describes his ice cream cone, using words like “tasty” and “sweet”.  The words are printed into the shape of an ice cream cone.  We thought that was pretty neat and decided to try it ourselves. 

Cut out some simple shapes with construction paper, grab some markers and you are ready to go.

You can have your child write the words, or you can write the words for them. The important thing is that they are thinking and coming up with great descriptive adjectives.

If your child gets stuck, here are some prompts to help.

Prompts for Describing With Adjectives

What color is it? What shape? What is it’s weight? What texture? Size? How does it behave?

Lets look at a real cloud/taste an actual ice cream cone and see if that inspires us.

For objects they cannot touch or see up close:  What does the cloud look like? What might it feel like, or smell like or taste like or sound like? 

See if your child can fill in the blank: “A butterfly’s wings are like…..”  They are as light as a…..”

More Resources for Learning Parts of Speech

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Schoolhouse Rock video about adjectives: 

 

Top 10 Roald Dahl Book List ~ With Go-Along Activities

Roald Dahl is a master storyteller of some of the most fantastic tales in children’s literature. His books are some of the first chapter books that many children read and some of the most popular read-aloud books for families. Top 10 Roald Dahl Books with Activities Here is the top 10 Roald Dahl book list and some great activities to go along with them.  A”hands-on, learning-with literature-style” is such a great way to engage kids in learning

Why are these the top 10? Via careful research, i.e. looking at Amazon best sellers, Ranker.com, and crowdsourcing the Creekside Learning Facebook fans, I put together this list. If you feel another Dahl book should be on the list, leave me a comment at the end of the post. You can purchase any of Dahl’s books via the Creekside Learning Amazon affiliate link, at no extra cost, by clicking on the book titles below. 

  1. The BFG (Big Friendly Giant).   Make your own Dream Bottles and go see the play

    The BFG on Stage at Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD

    The BFG on stage at Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD. Image courtesy of Imagination Stage.

  2. George’s Marvelous Medicine. Grab some items from the medicine cabinet and pantry and let your kids make their own marvelous concoctions, just like George. 
  3. James and the Giant Peach. Accompany this book with an Insect Unit Study and of course, eat some delicious peaches. 
  4.  Matilda. Watch the movie, too, starring Danny Devito and Rhea Peralman as Matilda’s parents. 
  5.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Create some wild and wonderful play dough candy creations.
  6.  Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.  Make some fun table decorations, including a free printable
  7.  The Witches. Practice symmetrical art with a witch drawing
  8. The Magic Finger. Celebrate  Roald Dahl Day  in September. 
  9.  Fantastic Mr. Fox. Make a Mr. Fox marionette/puppet with recycled materials. 
  10.  The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. Try some patterned giraffe art.  

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Peeps Diorama ~ Make Your Favorite Book Character

We love to do activities inspired by children’s literature.  For a fun activity before Easter (or afterwards, when you are up to your bunny ears in all that candy), make a peeps diorama. Let your favorite book characters inspire you.  Here are our peeps dioramas. 

Don’t Let the Peep Drive the Bus

From my 5-year-old’s favorite Mo Willems book, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. We worked on this together. 

Make a Peeps Diorama inspired by your favorite book character

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Colorful Tape Menorah Craft

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Colorful Tape Menorah Craft For Kids

affiliate-links-2These easy, colorful and fun menorah’s are a fun craft for Hanukkah.  They were the idea of my 7-year-old daughter. She wanted to do a simple menorah craft for kids in her book club.

The smaller rolls pictured below are washi tape.  The larger rolls are duct tape and some blue painters tape. You really can use whatever you have on hand for this project. [Read more...]

Book Reviews: Helping Kids Understand and Manage Big Feelings

Our friends at Free Spirit Publishing were kind enough to send us some books to review from their Emotions and Behavior series. These picture books are a great way to introduce kids to understanding big emotions, the kind that often get so big so fast: anxiety, anger, fear.

Take a Deep Breath shows children in various situations that they find fearful:  swimming lessons, greeting unfamiliar dogs, going to the doctor, etc.  In each scenario, a trusted friend or family member talks the child through deep breathing and helps them get calm or be brave.

TakeADeepBreath

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