This month, the virtual book club for kids is featuring book activities for Julia Donaldson’s books. We are focusing on Room on the Broom, Stick Man, and The Gruffalo. You can find fun activities for all of these books. The Virtual Book Club for Kids is a group of bloggers (including me) that feature specific books each month and provide book activities to accompany these books. These activities are great for families, homeschoolers, preschool and kindergarten teachers. I’ve chosen to feature Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.
Room on the Broom
In this tale of friendship and adventure, join a friendly witch and her cat as they fly happily through the sky on their broomstick. Their journey is enjoyable—until the witch drops her hat, then her bow, and then her wand! Luckily, three helpful animals find the missing items. The animals want to join the witch. Is there room on the broom for so many new friends? The kindly witch thinks there is—much to the frustration of her cat. But when disaster strikes, she is saved by the gang of animals, all working together. The witch’s cat learns the importance of friends and family, and the witch rewards her new friends with a magnificent broom that is big enough for everyone!
Room on the Broom allows children to hear rhymes in the context of engaging text. The rhyming words aren’t contrived to fit the story and there is a variety in the complexity of rhyming words. This allows for parents to use this book with multiple ages of children or teachers to use the book with a students on a variety of ability levels.
I used Room on the Broom with my own four year old prereader and six year old reader. I created a simple rhyming game. We began with a stack of rhyming picture cards. We played a traditional game of go fish. Each child was dealt seven cards. The object of the game is to match rhyming pairs. Children may ask another player, “Do you have a picture that rhymes with bat?” If the other child does, he or she must hand over the card. If she or he does not, the child says, “go fish.” The player draws a card out of a stack of rhyming picture cards. To make our go fish game a little more thematic, I let the boys lay their matches on a broom stick cut out. Once there was no more “room on the broom” for one player, the game was finished.
I created a free printable of this rhyming game. You can get your own copy by clicking on the link below.
Consider having the children look for either 3 pairs or 6 pairs. The play mat will work either way. Think about the age and attention of the child. Games that involve learning should primarily be fun and not be about skill and drill.
If you don’t want to print the game, you can easily create your own. We have a rhyming picture card flash cards. My youngest child wanted to make his own broomstick play mat. It was fun to let him create a “homemade” version of the game. You could even allow children to generate the rhyming pictures and draw them.
Room on the Broom Activities
Room on the Broom Activities by Inspiration Laboratories
Room on the Broom for a Rhyme by Ready Set Read
Room on a Broom Ordinal Numbers by Rainy Day Mum
Room on the Broom Sensory Bin by Still Playing School
Witch Hat Cupcakes for Kids by Coffee Cups and Crayons
Witch Hat Halloween Treat by The Pleasantest Thing
Witch Shape Craft by Toddler Approved
Stick Man Activities
Books for Kids: Stick Man by Growing Book by Book
Counting Ingredients into the Caldron by 3 Dinosaurs
Fancy Stick Crown by Mama Miss
Going on a Stick Hunt by Playing with Words 365
Recycled Stick Man Craft by LalyMom
The Gruffalo Activities
DIY Gruffalo Inspired Mouse Costume by The Educators’ Spin On It
Gruffalo Rhyming Tic Tac Toe Game by Royal Baloo
Gruffalo Themed Shape Animals by The Educators’ Spin On It
Color Pages by Crystal and Co
Roll a Gruffalo Game by Playdough to Playto