Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

April 27, 2013

Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems + Craft Activity

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Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Willems

All the Piggie & Gerald books get a good laugh out of our family but this is one of our favorites.  Gerald gets an ice cream cone and must decide if he is going to share it with Piggie.  He wavers back and forth until the entire cone melts and he is so sad.  Lucky for him Piggie comes along with an ice cream cone of her own and offers to share it with him to cheer him up.  It’s a hilarious story that we read over and over.

This book also lent itself to an easy craft activity for both my 2 yr old and 5 yr old.  I’m not a very good free hand drawer but I managed to cut out some ice cream cone like shapes.  We have a bunch of left over pom poms from Target dollar spot clearance sales and some other random trinkets I keep handy for projects like this.

Decorating ice cream cones 158

It was also a great way to sneak in some writing practice for my 5 yr old who dislikes writing with a passion.  She wrote the title of the book on her cone and signed it as a gift for her old preschool teacher.

Ice Cream Cone

As you can see my 2 yr old has yet to learn restraint using glue but he still had a great time.

Fun with glue

Once both kids were done we let them dry and then they took them to school to give to their of their preschool teachers.  So yes, they chose to share their ice cream. 🙂

July 1, 2012

Listen To My Trumpet! by Mo Willems

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Listen To My Trumpet! by Mo Willems

I was down in Anaheim attending the annual librarians association conference last week and one of the publishers had this book for sale.  Our family are huge Elephant and Piggie fans so I knew I had to get it.  If you have not started this series you really must!  My four year old (almost 5!) goes crazy over it and my 2 yr old also loves reading these books.

In this book Piggie is excited that she’s got a new trumpet and wants to play it for Gerald.  Unfortunately the sounds coming out of the trumpet definitely aren’t music.  The kids were bursting out laughing as we read each page of “br-ip! fr-ip! gr-ark!” and so on as Gerald is knocked off his chair with each new note.  In the end with Piggie excitedly waiting to hear what Gerald thinks, Gerald must come up with a way to tell Piggie that it just wasn’t musical.  In the end Piggie explains that she wasn’t trying to make music, she was trying to speak elephant!  The story ends with Gerald helping Piggie perfect her “accent” and the kids immediately wanted me to read it again.

Be forewarned there is no real dignified way to read this book. LOL. You might feel a little silly but that’s part of what made me laugh as well.  Even funnier is when you have visitors who don’t have kids and they get drafted into reading it and watching their expression as they make their way through all of the noises.

This is a great book and would top my list of the Elephant and Gerald books along with Can I Play Too? and Pigs Make Me Sneeze!