Jun 15, 2012

Read.Explore.Learn - Pig Kahuna

Today I am linking up with Deirdre from JDaniel 4's Mom.

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The purpose of the link up is to share activity ideas centered around a book that you and your children have read.

B, G, and I (Baby M was sleeping so she wasn't able to participate) read the following book:

Pig Kahuna is written by Jennifer Sattler. 

It is a story about learning to overcome fears. 

The characters, Fergus and Dink, are brothers.

As the story begins Fergus and Dink are collecting treasures along the beach.  They find several items to add to their already diverse collection.  Readers quickly learn that Fergus is afraid to go into the ocean because of the unknown ickyness that lies within the blue and green waves.

Suddenly the ocean waves bring in a giant treasure for the brothers to add to their collection.  It's a surfboard!  Fergus leaves to get some ice cream for himself and Dink.  Dink thinks thinks the surfboard would like to return to the ocean.  Just as Fergus is returning with the ice cream he sees Dink tossing the surfboard  back into the ocean.  Without thinking Fergus runs to rescue their most prized treasure.   You'll have to read the book to find out what happens in the end!

Here B and G are attempting to pose like the characters on the front cover

I thought it was pretty cute that when the characters were introduced both B and G immediately associated them selves with one of the characters.  B was Fergus and G was Dink!

Before reading the story with B and G I hid some treasures (decorative rocks) in the sandbox.  I hid 20 to be exact.  I counted the number of objects so that we would know when all of the treasures had been uncovered.

After reading the story we discussed what the characters learned and why it was important to try new things, even if they are a bit scary.

Next, I explained to B and G that it was their turn to look for treasures along the beach like Fergus and Dink.  They took their buckets and shovels and began digging!

G and B digging for treasures

When all of the treasures were found we counted them and talked about how we could share them so that they would each have the same amount of treasures (squeezed in a little math to this reading activity).

B and G had really enjoyed reading this book and the activity we did along with it.  We completed #11 from our list of Summer Activities with this task.

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  1. popping over from read explore learn. The poses are so cute. I don't know the story but anything that involvs digging for treasure looks good

  2. Thank you very much for stopping in
    My boy love dirt . . . Big surprise there :)
    They had a good time digging!

  3. I love this idea! Did they find all 20 items?

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

    1. Thank you! I'm glad you liked it :)

      Yes, they did find all 20!

      I was glad to link up. Such a cool idea. I'm not sure how often you have it, but I've got ideas for the next one :)

    2. Wow! They did an awesome job!

  4. Erin, How fun! Just wanted to invite you to stop by and link up your Children Book inspired post (New or Old) in our 6 Week Summer Reading Adventure http://inspiredbyfamilymag.com/2012/06/12/summer-reading-adventure-week-1-tickle-monster/.
    Have a great week!

    1. Thank you!

      I appreciate the invite :) I'll have to check it out!

  5. I will look for this one! I hate the scary bottom of the ocean and stepping on the - gulp - unknown, so this book will be as much for mommy as for the kids!

    1. Yeah, I'm with you on not liking the yucky stuff at the bottom of the ocean!

      Funny story about how I acquired the book . . . My school had a Scholastic book fair. There was a contest to dress up like a 'tacky tourist' and the winner (me) received a book for their classroom.

      So you might check Scholastic.com.