Herding Those Animals! A Fun Activity to Accompany Some of my Books.
Two of my favorite friends in Texas are enjoying a game in which they must swat the balls with those huge fly swatters. They must move all of the balls to the opposite side of the room and into a hula hoop. Each side has a different color. Although I'm not an artist, I drew animal faces on the balls. Some are elephant faces. Others are cow or pig faces. I also try to buy four balls of the same color. I let up to four children play each time. I've also seen teachers against teachers in a friendly game.
According to which book I'm presenting, my young friends could be herding elephants when they swat the balls with the elephant faces on them. That would be for my Great Elephant Escape book.
Or, they could be herding pigs after listening to my book, The Oklahoma Land Run. Pig faces have been drawn on those colorful balls.
Of course, with Grady's in the Silo, they could be moooooving cattle by swatting the balls with cow faces on them.
Each team herds their animals into their own hula hoop. It's fun. It's loud. It's something children enjoy. Teachers might want to try it, too.
Do you need an art project for Grady's in the Silo? This cow is made from a wooden spoon craft stick. The features are painted on with paint, or they can be drawn on with crayons or markers. The eyes can be bought, painted, or made from felt. The ears are made from a stiff fabric, but they can be made from cardstock or construction paper. It's a fun project for children.
This is a good project for a couple of my books. Late at night, Grady from Grady's in the Silo might have been seen some stars. Elephants, Isa and Lilly, from The Great Elephant Escape, may have had stars guide them after they ran away from the circus grounds. People in the Oklahoma Land Run would have slept under the stars. Toby, as well as his great-great-grandfather, Tobias Frazier, would have slept under the stars. So, why not make your own constellations. Dark blue or black construction paper works best. Lightly draw the design for your constellation. You might want to use chalk or a pencil.
Your design can be anything that would relate to the book you have read. Once the constellation is drawn, decide what to use to show your constellation. Cereals work very well. Icing or frosting (just a little bit) will glue cereals in place. You might use a cotton swab or toothpick for the icing. Stars or other small stickers can also be used. Beans, seeds, or popcorn can be used as well as some foods such as potato sticks, crackers, or small, colorful candies. Nuts would work, too, unless there are children who are allergic to nuts. Be sure and let children name their new constellation.