David Shannon is the children's author for the Virtual Book Club this month. Each month the Virtual Book Club for Kids does an author study.
We chose to read David Shannon's book, Too Many Toys. In this book, a young boy named Spencer has a common problem of having too many toys. Family, friends, teachers, doctors, and fast food chains keep feeding his toy collection. When his mom starts tripping over toys, she decides to conquer the mound of toys. Spencer turns into lawyer kid and begins negotiating to keep toys. After an exhausting battle, Spencer's mom finally gains some ground and ends up with a box full of toys to give away. As the page turns, though, the toys are shown strewn all over the floor again, as Spencer has found the best toy of all-- a cardboard box!
Book ActivityBefore we read David Shannon's book "Too Many Toys", I told the boys they would get to discover the world's best toy. I explained that the boy in the story, Spencer, had many toys. We looked through the pictures, and decided he did, indeed, have too many toys. I showed the boys the page where the parents are tripping over toys. We looked at the page that shows the mother's angry expression. The boys agreed that the mom probably wanted Spencer to get rid of some of his toys. Then I told the boys that Spencer was going to get to keep the best toy of all. The boys decided to listen closely to the story to discover the best toy ever.
Cardboard RocketAfter reading Shannon's book, I showed the boys two cardboard boxes. We discussed what they boys could create. They had lots of ideas but Logan finally decided to create a spaceship like the boy in the book and Tyson decided to create a flying Ninja Turtle. umm, ok.
The boys loved making their rocket ships. It was a beautiful day and they took their spaceships on the deck to paint them and play in them. They shot aliens and then cooled off with a snack and milk!
Toy ParadeIn David Shannon's Book, Too Many Toys, the author shows the excess of toys when the main character, Spencer, has a toy parade that stretches across his house. We had a bag of small toys that we were going to get donate. We used yarn to estimate and measure our toy parade. My idea was then to tell them they could choose 4 small toys to keep and donate the rest. (I figured I was WAY smarter than Spencer's mom who negotiated each toy). Unfortunately, my boys turned on me and started working together to grab armfuls of toys to save. It seems, Too Many Toys, a true to life story!
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