Knuffle Bunny Inspired Laundromat Field Trip
We love Mo Willems and Knuffle Bunny was his first book that I purchased for our collection. The mixed media illustrations perfectly establish the city setting and his expressive characters bring to life the emotions of this every day adventure. Willems' ability capture the strong emotions of childhood is one of my favorite things about his books.
I used Knuffle Bunny with my twins to introduce the idea of helping with laundry, a helpful self help skill for young kids to master, but our guest today took it one step further! I love examples of Learning Through Adventure, so I was thrilled when she agreed to share her laundromat adventure.
Guest Post by Rebecca Nutter
In Mo Willem’s book, Knuffle Bunny, Trixie, and her daddy take a trip to the laundromat and *gasp* leave her beloved Knuffle Bunny there by accident. After reading and rereading this book with my toddler, the idea of going to an actual laundromat came to mind. We live 2 blocks away from one. What better way to show her what a laundromat is and connect what she saw from the book.
One morning, I told my daughter that we were going to take a trip to the laundromat. Instead of having everything ready to go, she helped with this process. We talked about what we would need. We gathered coins, dirty towels, and laundry soap. She also brought along her baby doll and a couple other stuffed animals too. Obviously that was a big part of the story!
As we were walking to the laundromat we noted things that we passed, as Trixie did in the story. We passed our neighbor's house, the mailbox, and rounded the corner to the laundromat.
My toddler was amazed at how many washers and dryers were there. Then she helped put the quarters in the washer and I loaded the towels in with the soap.
Then we waited.
During this time she pretended to wash her animals in the empty washers and we read the Knuffle Bunny book.
As we were getting ready to leave, we made sure that we got her baby doll and other stuffed animals. We didn’t need to reenact that sad part of the story!
After we got home, I printed out a couple pictures from our trip and turned it into our own story. Using simple words to describe the steps and photos from our adventure I made the book in a Word document and then printed it out. I put the pages in sheet protectors and clipped them inside a thin binder. My toddler enjoyed reading our book with me and it was a great way to work on recalling the events of our adventure.
If you love the Knuffle Bunny story, I hope you get the chance to stop by a laundromat in your neighborhood. Not only is it a fun extension to the book, it’s a way to connect your children to the neighborhood they live in.
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
More Book Inspired Adventures:
Why You Should Play Pooh Sticks (Winnie the Pooh)
Butterfly Garden (Ten Little Butterflies)
Finding Hermit Crabs (A House for Hermit Crab)
How to Hunt for Fairies (The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies)
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