Yoo-Hoo Ladybug by Mem Fox
Do you know the amazing author Mem Fox? She has created a whole collection of books that we adore, but this is one of our favorites. Starting around the age of two my kids became huge fans of I-Spy games and books.
We play I-Spy while we're waiting and we have read a collection of ISpy books. They love sitting and looking at the detailed pictures. When we went on our our listening walk we talked about our senses - what we hear, what we see, what we taste and this was the perfect extension.
Yoo-Hoo Ladybug! is a colorful and playful book that encourages you to look closer. If you know someone that enjoys I-Spy books, this is the perfect Mem Fox creation. Together with Laura Ljungkvist, they have created a game inside a book. Can you find the Ladybug on each page? One of our favorites by this exceptional author.
We read the book many times - enough to memorize the location of the elusive ladybug on each bag - and then we did a fun color sorting game for some hands-on fun.
This activity has been updated from it's original post on May 2014.
*Write the name of the color on each square.
*Gather a large number of items for each color in a container.
After reading Yoo-Hoo Ladybug and looking for the little ladybug, invite your toddlers to play a game. We played on the floor, but the table would work too.
Allow them some time to look at and touch the items in the container.
After a few minutes, pass out the color cards. Depending on how many children you are playing with you may have one for each or each child may have several. Invite each child to label what color card they have.
From here, we played similar to a memory game. Each child picked an item out of the container and said "yoo-hoo, I see something INSERT COLOR NAME", labeled the color, and then sorted it either by placing it on one of their cards or passing it to someone else. (The phrase Yoo-Hoo is not essential, our toddlers just thought it was a silly phrase when we were reading the book.)
Once everything was sorted, we took pictures of our color collections. These were later hung in our playroom for further examination and to be used as an I-Spy or Yoo-hoo ladybug game of their own.
*Compile the pictures into a book.
*Hide something small in each picture to find - like the ladybug.
*Make other i-spy collections, maybe for each room of the house or of each child's favorite things.
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