Are you getting cabin fever from the snow days and cold weather? Are your kids going batty and needing some kinesthetic and creative engagement? Try acting out a book with your kids! This is a great way to get the whole family involved in a fun activity that invigorates the mind and cures the boredom blues. Props, sets, and costumes are optional, but might be fun to include in the mix. Start by reading the book and asking questions along the way. Once you get to the end, get out a piece of paper and write down all the important moments in the book that you can easily act out and pick who will play each character. Now get on your feet!
- A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch, Illustrations by Chad Cameron
This is a wonderful story about a little girl who loses all color in her world! Try making your living room a map of all the places Liza travels. You can journey together from place to place acting out the many ways Liza discovers color again. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to discuss why you shouldn’t color on the walls!
- Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin
Pete the Cat is everybody’s favorite. Create imaginary piles of strawberries, blueberries, mud, and water in your house. Think of what could become these things! Now, sing as you walk from place to place. Nothing gets Pete down!
- And Away We Go! By Migy
This book is bursting with crazy characters! Create your own hot air balloon in your living room and become each of the characters as you climb inside. Think of a fun way to fly up in the air without actually flying.
- The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
This is just one of Jan Brett’s many beautiful books! She does a wonderful job of taking well-known stories and making them new again. This is her version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Treat your house like the igloo Aloo-ki explores and try on Papa, Mama, and Baby versions of everything.
- The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Three Billy Goats Gruff is a classic tale. One of you can become the big mean troll and the other can be each of the three billy goats gruff. You could build houses or draw pictures of them! Think of ways to change up the ending. How could the troll and billy goat end the story in a more peaceful way?
Do you have any favorite snow day reads or activities? Share it with us in the comments!