November Family Activity
Looking for fun ways to get ready for Bookamania? It's easy as Read, Discover, Create!
Penny and Her Song
By Kevin Henkes
Questions and Activities:
- Sing together as a family, just like Penny does with her family. Ask your parents what songs they learned as children and ask them to sing them with you.
- What can you share with your family? Take some time to “perform” for your family by sharing a fact you learned during the day, a poem or a song like Penny.
- What’s your favorite song? Try teaching it to a friend so you can sing it together.
- Make up a tune to go with Penny’s song. If you can’t think of your own tune, try using the melody from a song you already know with the words Penny wrote.
- There are lots of great counting rhymes you can sing! Learn some new nursery rhymes at the Mother Goose Club.
- Penny can’t sing because the noise might wake the babies. Practice being quiet by playing the quiet game. See who can stay quiet and still for the longest amount of time.
- Penny sings with the babies who sing in “their own baby way.” Do you have siblings? What activities can you do with your siblings?
- Explore additional activities on Kevin Henkes’ website.
Make Your Own Musical Instruments
Singing is fun—but making music with instruments you create is even better! You can make these out of household materials:
- You will need two plastic bottle caps, some cardboard and glue for this instrument.
- Cut a 5 to 6 inch strip of cardboard slightly wider than your bottlecaps. Glue the one bottle cap to each end of the cardboard strip. Once the glue dries, fold the cardboard in half and clack away!
- You will need a paper tube, some waxed paper, a rubber band, a pin or pencil and markers or paint to decorate your instrument.
- Decorate your kazoo with paint or markers. Once the tube is dry, cut a piece of waxed paper that will cover the top of the tube. Secure it with the rubber band. Use a pin or pencil to poke a small hole in the waxed paper. To play, hum into the open end of the tube.
- Bongo Drum:
- You will need a round balloon, a round can (ex: coffee can or oatmeal canister), a spoon orstick, scissors and masking or duct tape.
- Cut the neck off the balloon. Stretch it over the opening of the canister. Tape the balloon to the canister. Use the spoon or stick to beat out a tune. If you have another canister of a different size, make them both into drums and compare their sounds.
What Does Music Look Like?
Music impacts us in many ways. Try listening to a new style of music, like jazz, classical or reggae, during this activity to inspire you to create art.
- White paper
- Old magazines
- Glue sticks
Put on the music. Take a few minutes to listen to the music and let your mind wander. What would this piece of music look like? Would it be big or small? Bright or dark? Colorful or gray? Once you have an idea, start cutting up the magazines to create pieces for your collage. Glue them to the piece of white paper. If you have other art supplies you are inspired to use, feel free to use them for a mixed media collage.
Bookamania is made possible by a generous grant from Target Corporation through the Chicago Public Library Foundation.