The Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading books by Nick Sharratt this month. This author was new to us, so it was a lot of fun discovering his books. They are full of rhymes and humor, and the girls enjoyed many of them. Both of the girls liked Rocket Countdown!
Tinker enjoys any lift the flap book, so she was immediately drawn to this one in the library stack. Lovey liked acting out the astronaut’s action throughout the story, and I like the subtle ways we were able to practice counting forward and backward as we read the story over and over again.
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Magnetic Rocket Puzzle and Math Activities
After reading the story a few times I used foam sheets and adhesive business card magnets to make this rocket puzzle. I like the adhesive magnets, but you could also use hot glue and any magnets you have on hand. I also used a chrome paint pen to label the parts of the rocket.
In addition to creating the rocket design the kids made their own creations out of the pieces.
We also spent some time using the pieces to do a little math practice.
We sorted the puzzle pieces by shape (and also color because of the way I designed them).
We also sorted the pieces by odd and even numbers. This was an introduction for Lovey, so she need a bit of help with this step. What other ways would you use this puzzle for creating and learning?
Now that we’ve shared our activity with you, we’re excited to see what you came up with! Please link up your Nick Sharratt inspired posts to the blog hop linky below.
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Stop by and check out some of the other blogs that participate in The Virtual Book Club for Kids.
Toddler Approved– The Educators’ Spin On It– Rainy Day Mum– 3 Dinosaurs– Learn~Play~Imagine– Crafty Moms Share– Reading Confetti– Inspiration Laboratories– Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas– Kids Yoga Stories– Enchanted Homeschooling Mom– Ready-Set-Read– Boy Mama Teacher Mama– PlayDrMom– Fantastic Fun and Learning– Growing Book by Book– Royal Baloo– The Outlaw Mom® Blog– Kitchen Counter Chronicles–Teach Preschool
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Looking Ahead to Future Virtual Book Club Authors
Below is the author list for the upcoming year. Mark your calendars so you can join in and read along with us!
More Rocket Crafts & Resources
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