I hope that you and your children are having fun learning alongside the Poppins Book Nook participants. Last month we explored and created storybook activities around the topic of Pirates. This month‚Äôs new theme of ‚ÄėWhat Will I Be When I Grow Up‚Äô is sure to get everyone thinking about what they want to be when they grow up with some fun projects too. There are a lot of things to do, careers to peruse, and jobs to be had when you grow up, so what does your child or student want to do when they grow up?
In our home we love anything that fun loving like guy called Froggy gets himself into. In the storybook Froggy Goes to the Doctor by Jonathan London, Froggy had to take a trip to the Doctor to get a checkup. You can only imagine the fun antics of Froggy as he visit the Doctor. This fun storybook got Elizabeth and Beck thinking about what it is that a Doctor does. They played doctor for a little while, but then they both got to thinking about what it would mean to them to be able to help others, just like Froggy‚Äôs Doctor did! The storybook also got them thinking about other community helpers that they are learning about too. So, after some thought, I decided to combine the two great topics together and introduced some of my community themed learning at the same time to tie it into the Froggy Goes to the Doctor storybook. Each of the community helpers is a great role model for children and lots of children want to be just like them when they grow up.
To start off, here are the three community themed printable packs that I created to be used with any study of communities and their helpers, and since community helpers are great role models, lots of children might want to grow up to be just like their favorite community helpers. Hopefully these packs might be able to help your child look a little more at what they want to be when they grow up too.
My Community Coloring Pack (FREE)
In this FREE community themed learning pack your child or student will be taken on a learning adventure as they learn about the community and the community helpers around you.
In this FREE printable your child or student is taken on an adventure as they learn about the community around them, the people around them in their community, and various other important aspects of a community.
In this E.H.M. Member‚Äôs Only Website printable your child or students will discuss various community helpers around them. All the community helpers are a great examples of professions that your child or students will research, discuss, and learn about. Maybe one of these community helpers will be just what your child wants to be when they grow up as well.
Hopefully some of these resources might help your child or students determine if one or more community helpers could be something that they want to be when they grow up. Now, as for Froggy, his story also got my daughter thinking a lot about what she might want to be when she grows up. After we completed the community resources I mentioned above, we went back to the Froggy storybook and decided to also look into the community helpers in our community. We also decided to research a little of the history around our home town to see if there were any other professions that she might want to consider as well. This got me thinking and I came up with this fun craft: When I Grow Up Froggy Craft!
Make Your Own When I Grow Up Froggy Project
The purpose of this When I Grow Up Froggy Craft is to outline some of the history of your community to see what makes it special and to consider if any of the community helpers around you are something your child or student might want to be when they grow up. To make your own When I grow Up Froggy Project you will need the following supplies:
- File Folder (I used red)
- Blue Construction Paper
- Green Construction Paper
- White Paper
- Black Marker
- Craft Scissor
- Yarn (I used green)
- Resources for learning About Your Community
To make your craft, start by cutting the tab off your file folder in a straight line. Then, use the craft scissors to make nice edgings on the sides of the file folder.
Then, fold each side of the file folder in half to make side flaps.
Once both sides are done it should look like above. To make the frog head, cut out a face like Froggy‚Äôs out of the green construction paper. Decorate it as you wish. Then cut eyes out of alternating white and black circles in construction paper, with each circle getting smaller and glue them onto the green frog face. Then, cut out small ponds out of the blue construction paper. Cut out a main center panel out of green construction paper. Then, glue the ponds in the four corners, the main panel to the center, the head to the top, and then the yarn to connect the ponds to the main panel.
Then, research the history of your community. Find five things that are important to your community. These can be different for each child. List one in each of the four ponds and one in the main panel. Then, have your child or student write on the pond what they learned about that community helper, profession, or event. A good way to do this is to find a picture to print out or a picture from the newspaper for each event and glue them to the ponds as well.
Then, once all the ponds are completed, have your child write ‚ÄėWhen I grow Up‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ below the main panel and fill in what they want to do when they grow up. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but the answer should be what they really want to be when the grow up, or at least what they want to be when they grow up right now, if you know what I mean.
What Voice to Use Game and Craft
This Froggy adventure also got me thinking that actions and not just words, can be loud and soft. One thing that tends to be overlooked these days is what I used to call ‚Äėyou indoor voice.‚Äô This used to mean that you were respectful inside and used a quieter or softer voice. Sometimes that is hard to teach to children. This inspired me to come up with a fun hands-on project to practice the different levels of voices that we use around our house. All of us, my husband and I included, sometimes forget that we are all inside at times and not using our indoor voices. So, what better way to accomplish this then with a fun game with a cute craft, right?
I created this fun game to play so that my children and I could work on our choices of voices to use. The object of this game is for your frog to eat the most flies associated with the proper voice volume level. To make this game you will need the following supplies:
- Construction Paper (Green White, Black)
- Sticky Hand
- Pom Poms (small, black)
- Wall Cards
- Scotch Style Tape
- Single Hole Punch
- Marker, Black
There are three components to make: The Frog Face, Flies, and Volume Targets.
Start by making the frog face by cutting out a face like Froggy‚Äôs out of the green construction paper. Decorate it as you wish with the marker. Then, cut eyes out of alternating white and black circles in construction paper, with each circle getting smaller and glue them onto the green frog face. Once your frog face is done, use the single hole punch to make a single hole in the mouth.
Finish your frog face by pushing the end of the sticky hand through the hole you just made.
Next, it is time to make the flies. Cut out wing patterns from white construction paper and glue a single, small, black pom pom to them. You will need to make three flies.
The final step is to find some pictures to represent soft, normal, and outdoor volume level voices. Place these on a wall where your child or students can easily see and reach them. Lightly tape one fly to each volume picture.
All that is left is for you to play the game. We took turns discussing various types of volumes and places it would be appropriate to use those volume levels. Then I gave some examples and Elizabeth tried to get that volume card‚Äôs fly with her sticky hand tongue! We all had a blast playing this game while discussing the different appropriate volume levels. Then Elizabeth said that it was so much fun that maybe she would be a teacher when she grew up instead of what she learned about because making these crafts and playing the game was so much fun. It brought a tear to my eye and warmed my heart because she was not only learning what I was teaching, but she was happy learning too.
Using Storybooks at Any Age
On a side note, one thing that Elizabeth noticed while she was playing the game. She noticed that the actions of the main character, Froggy, were also part of the way the author was trying to convey the concept of loud and soft. Although the author clearly designed some of the text to be read loud and soft, Elizabeth also noticed that some of Froggy‚Äôs actions were also loud and soft. I am proud that she was able to see that the author used the actions in the story to reinforce the concepts he was expressing. This is a prime example of how older children can see different things when they read storybooks that they used to read or listen to it all the time. She was able to use her growing skills to see how the concepts were being applied to the author‚Äôs work. So, don‚Äôt worry if your children are going back to their older storybooks from time to time because you never know what they might see this time around. I am firm believer that anyone of any age or skill level, including adults, can go back to a younger aged storybook or even a picture book and see a different perspective or focus on a different element.
With these two projects I hope you had fun seeing how Froggy Goes to the Doctor influenced my children and they thought about what they wanted to be when they grew up. And just like any child, since these lessons, their thoughts have changed multiple times already, but at least they are still thinking about it, right?
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Thank you for taking the time to read about the fun we had with the topic of What I Want to Be When I Grow Up storybook fun with Froggy Goes to the Doctor by Jonathan London. Here are some other fun themed story books that your child may enjoy:
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Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God‚Äôs Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy‚Äôs Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn~ A Mommy‚Äôs Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A ‚ÄúPeace‚ÄĚ of Mind ~Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama
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