Knuffle Bunny; a Cautionary Tale, by Mo Williems

A trip to the Laundromat ends in disaster as Trixie looses her beloved Knuffle Bunny.  Will she be able to find it?

Materials

A laundry basket or box

Facial expression cards

1 Small Knuffle bunnies and a role of masking tape

Knuffle bunny collage parts

Vocabulary

  • Laundromat (a place where you go to do your laundry if you do not have a washer at home)
  • Boneless (floppy like a wet noodle)

Before Reading the Story

Ask the children if they ever help their parents do chores at home. Give them a moment to talk about any experiences they might have. (I put the forks next to all the plates, I help take care of my baby, I put my toys away in the closet). Ask the children if they have ever helped with the laundry? If some say “yes”, ask if they do the laundry at home or at the special laundry washing place? Ask if they know the name (laundromat). Have all the children repeat this name. Explain that the story today is about a little girl who was helping her Daddy do the laundry at the laundromat. Let’s find out what happens, introduce the book.

Reading the Story

When you get to the page where Trixie realized something, stop and ask the children what they think Trixie realized.  When you get to the page where her Daddy says, “That’s right, we’re going home” stop and look at Trixie’s face.  Ask the children how they think Trixie is feeling right now?  Notice Dad’s face as Trixie continues her temper tantrum.

Language Development/Speaking & Communicating; develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs, questions, and for other varied purposes. AND Literacy/Book Knowledge & Appreciation;demonstrates progress in abilities to retell and dictate stories from book sand experiences; to act out stories in dramatic play; and to predict what will happen next in a story.

After Reading the Story

Talk to the children about when they were little how they did not have the words to tell people what they wanted but now they are big and can use their words to tell what they need, or if they are having a problem.  Remind them that now they are big and they know how to use their words to tell what they want or need. Ask them what they should do if they are having a problem? Go over your strategies for problem-solving in the classroom.

Social & Emotional Development/Self Control; shows progress in expressing feelings, needs, and opinions in difficult situations and conflicts without harming themselves, others, or property.

Discovery

Put a globe or map of the United States into your center. Add a state map and a local map (can be found at a realtor’s office). On each map mark where your school is approximately located. Are there any geographical markers near your area such as mountains, rivers, or ocean that you can point out to the children?

Social & Emotional Development/Knowledge of Families & Communities; begins to express and understand concepts and language of geography in the contexts of the classroom, home, and community.

Music and Movement

Remind the children that in the story Trixie went boneless. Do they remember what boneless means? Ask them to demonstrate boneless. Tell them the opposite of boneless is rigid. Ask them if they can show you what ridgid would look like. Play Boneless/Rigid by calling them out and the children act out the appropriate definition.

Language Development/Listening & Understanding; understands an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

The Washing Machine song is a fun song to let your children dance to.

Creative Arts/Movement; expresses through movement and dancing what is felt and heard in various musical tempos and styles.

Blocks

Make a map on the floor (with chalk-it will erase out of the carpet), with tape, or on a large piece of butcher paper.  Encourage the children to build a community with homes, stores, a school, etc.

Social & Emotional Development/Knowledge of Families & Communities; begins to express and understand concepts and language of geography in the contexts of the classroom, home, and community. AND Physical Health & Development/Fine Motor Skills; grows in hand-eye coordination in building with blocks, putting together puzzles, reproducing shapes and patterns, stringing beads, and using scissors.

Art

Make a knuffle bunny collage using circle and ovals

Sand and Water;

Put water and a little soap intot he table today along with doll clothes.  Children can pretend that they are the Laundromat.  Hang a string over the table with clothes pins

Library and Writing;

Encourage the children to recall Trixies path to the Laundromat or draw a picture of your house with as many details as you can think of.

Encourage the children to make a map of from your classroom to the playground or another part of your center.  Or, have them draw a map of how to get to school.  What do you pass?

Dramatic Play;

Put the laundry basket or boxes into the center and let the children practice folding and hanging the dress up clothes.  Sort by what you wear on your feet, head, legs, body.

Math and Manipulatives;

Play memory match with the facial cards of Trixie

Outdoor Play;

 Play where’s the knuffle bunny?

Transitions;

Ask do you have a washer and dryer at home or do you go to the laundry mat?  Have them write their name ofn the correct side of the graph

About Kerry CI am an Early Childhood Educator who has seen daily the value of shared book readings with my preschoolers. I use the book theme in my centers and can daily touch upon a variety of Early Childhood Domains which makes assessing the children easy and individualized.