January Family Activity
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Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter
By Megan McDonald, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Questions and Activities:
- “Ant and Honey Bee were a pair. A pair of friends. They went together like peanut butter and jelly.” Can you think of some other things that go well together and make good pairs like peanut butter and jelly?
- The weather in the book is described as “rainy and complain-y” and “snowy and blowy”. Can you think of other fun, rhyming words that describe something like a funky monkey or a new, blue shoe?
- When Ant cannot be with her friend Honey Bee, she thinks of “one-person things to do”. She reads a book, writes a poem and paints a picture. What are some one-person things you like to do? How do you feel when you do one-person things?
- Ant visits Honey Bee and finds that her friend is feeling grumpy and wants to be left alone. When someone you know is feeling grumpy, what do you do for them? Do you leave them alone or try to cheer them up? What are some things that you can do to cheer someone up? When you are grumpy, do you prefer to be left alone or cheered up? Why?
- Ant and Honey Bee plan to sleep throughout the entire winter. What are some activities that you can only do during winter? Why can't you do these activities during the other seasons?
- Learn more about Ant and Honey Bee and get to know their author Megan McDonald.
- Find out what bees really do in winter from the Lincoln Park Zoo.
A Letter for All Seasons
Before they hibernate for the winter, Ant e-mails Honey Bee one last time. Before there was e-mail, people would write letters to their friends. Can you write letters to your friends for each season?
- Pencils, pens or crayons
- Think about who you would like to write to. It can be a friend or a family member or even someone you’ve never met, like the President!
- If you decide to write to someone you know and see regularly, pretend that you will not see them until the end of the winter. Think about what you want to tell them about the winter:
- What are some things you are looking forward to during this winter?
- What are some things that you dislike about the winter?
- What would you like to do with your friend if you could spend the winter together?
- Can you write a letter to a friend for every season? What are some different things that can only be done during certain times of the year? What are some things you like to do all year round? Write about those things in your letters.
- Decorate your letter and an envelope to match the season. Fold the letter up then put it into the envelope.
- Send or give your letters to your friend and ask them to write back to you. You may be able to become pen pals!
Unique and Yummy!
Ant and Honey Bee make a very special sandwich together to celebrate the first day of winter. As a family, can you create a delicious sandwich that has never been made before?
- Any other ingredients you think are tasty!
Be sure to do this with a parent!
- Think about some foods you like to eat and think about some foods that you think go well together, then decide what you will put on your sandwich.
- Start making your sandwich! Talk with each other about each step and explain what you’re doing. Do you like your bread toasted or untoasted? What will you put on it first? Does a ham and goldfish cracker sandwich with a little bit of mustard sound appetizing to you? How about a hummus, bean sprout and cucumber sandwich on whole grain bread? What about an ice cream and cereal sandwich for dessert?
- Once your sandwich is done, it’s time to eat! As Honey Bee says in the book, “Bon appétit!...which is French for Happy eating!”
- Think of a fitting name for your sandwich creation and think of special times when it would be good to serve. Can you think of any other special sandwiches that you can make for special occasions like a family member’s birthday or the first day of summer?
Ant Comes Home
- Build an ant farm for ant to come home to with the help of the Brookfield Zoo.
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