Eric Carle is this month’s author for the Virtual Book Club for Kids, and his frequently animal-themed books have led Anna and I to do a lot of fun toddler activities about discovering animals! We adore Eric Carle’s classics (affiliate links) – Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Anna received the very sweet Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? as a baby present, and I am personally partial to Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
Eric Carle makes some fun coloring pages and games that go along with his books. I’ll probably do those with the older kids later this month, but so far Anna and I have been using the books as a jumping off point to talk about animals.
I recently discovered that Melissa and Doug’s reusable sticker sets are actually vinyl play sets! The “stickers” aren’t actually sticky at all; rather they are vinyl clings that will stick to any smooth surface – temporarily. Since they aren’t sticky, you don’t have to worry about peeling them off of furniture, windows, or anything else. I bought the animal habitats set for my kids, and it has been the perfect complement to reading Eric Carle’s animal books! The animals don’t match up with the books, but that didn’t matter since we were using the books as a jumping-off point to talk about animals. Anna is particularly fond of the ducks (or “gucks”, as she calls them). We clearly need to get a copy of Eric Carle’s 10 Little Rubber Ducks.
I was a little surprised when Anna went from the vinyl duck clings to finding the duck card from our Baby Einstein Language Discovery Cards, which I like because they translate all of the words into seven languages. They are marketed as a baby product, but eight-year-old Emma is the one who usually uses these cards! Eric Carle makes his own flash cards that go along with the books, but we haven’t invested in those.
You don’t need cards or vinyl clings to talk about these books – it’s just the approach we took because they are the things Anna is particularly interested in right now. You can sign the different animals (Anna does enjoy that as well), use stuffed or plastic animals, make them out of play dough… the possibilities are endless!
Do you have a favorite Eric Carle book? How about a favorite activity?
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