My kids loved reading Dr. Seuss’ book, Are You My Mother?, when they were growing up. The silliness of the bird thinking that a cat or a machine could be his mother appeals to preschoolers. The book also evokes compassion for the little bird as most preschoolers know what it is like to lose sight of their mom even for a moment and the panic of trying to find her.
Ten ideas you can do in a classroom or in your home with preschoolers:
1. Show a plastic (or real) egg. Crack it open. Ask what kind of animals come from eggs.
2. Collect stuffed animals and place them in a bag. Go through the animals asking each time if that animal could be a bird’s mother. (Make sure to add a stuffed bird to the mix.)
3. Talk about how a mother bird and a baby bird make a family. Name other families you know and name the members of that family. (In a classroom situation, have each child tell about his/her family.)
4. Read this poem and do the motions together:
Some families are large. (Spread arms out wide.)
Some families are small. (Bring arms close together.)
But I love my family (cross arms over chest) best of all!
5. Pray thanking God for family. Name each family member and ask God to bless that family member.
6. Collect stuffed animals or action figures to represent each family member. Have the child say each family member and the relationship they have. Example: This is Kailie. She is my sister.
7. Act out the story. Have your child be a bird hopping from one thing in your house to another asking, “Are you my mother?” Finally, have the child ask you that question.
8. Eat gummy worms for a snack. Talk about how a mother bird feeds her baby bird.
9. God made each family special. Ask your child what is special about his/her family.
10. Make a bird’s nest using blankets, pillows and other cushy materials. Have fun snuggling in the nest and reading more books together.
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