We have our hands on books all day long here.
We also like retelling using our flannel board.
Then we have our interactive ebooks both borrowed and owned.
With 2 children here today that love to paint it was no surprise child directed learning lead to a painting activity. This one came about after enjoying the interactive Elmer’s Special Day book app multiple times. Elmer’s Special Day allows for a variety of extension activities about color, being unique, and friendship just to start.
You can use one of the available patterns online (find some on my Elmer’s Pinterest board), but I just drew out the simple Elmer elephant shape to fit the larger paper we were using. With small paint pots of multiple colors and cotton swabs gathered, the children provided the fine motor and creative imagination needed for this activity.
They asked for the elephants to be cut out to take home. Which I did as cutting skills are still about learning to work the scissors right now.