Hola all!! Jenn here with your latest Page Turning Monday post!!
Today’s book is:
Written by: Mike Thaler and Illustrated by: Jerry Smath
This is a fun story about a little boy who wants to give his cousin an elephant for her birthday. So he goes to the zoo, gets an elephant, wraps it, and puts it in the mailbox. The mailman then takes it to the post office where things do not go quite as planned….for the rest you will need to read the story!!
Okay….now the fun part, activities to go along with the story.
-Make and send cards or gifts to friends and family. My daughter loves getting mail! She is so excited to check the mailbox and find something with her name on it, explain to your little one how excited their friend will be to get a note or gift.
-Find a pen pal for your little one to write to.
-Use this book in conjunction with teaching the letter E or M.
-Do some elephant crafts!! Pinterest has lots of them.
-Teach your child about sending cards to the sick and shutins from your congregation. Make a card writing day, and once a week take time to write out and mail cards.
-Talk about how your little one would mail an elephant if they could, and who they would send it to. Pretend to mail an elephant or other types of animals.
-Mail an elephant to a friend or family member (stuffed or drawn) with a copy of the book….that would be awesome!
-Take a field trip to the post office. Talk about how some people get their mail in boxes there, talk about sending packages and how they are weighed to determine the amount of postage, talk about how you can buy different types of stamps (if you want to feel old tell them how much stamps cost when you were a kid and how you used to have to lick them). 😉
-Point out the mailman or mail woman to your little one. Explain how they travel all over town delivering mail and packages. Talk about how their cars have the steering wheel on the other side to make reaching the mailbox easier.
-Thank your mailman for all their hard work by leaving them a baked goodie in the mailbox with a thank you note. Don’t forget them during the holidays and leave them a goodie then also.
Well those are my ideas, but I am sure you can think of more.
Don’t forget to do something to make someone smile today…..like sending someone a card or thanking your mailman!
Until next time,