Where’s the Pair
[BH] Ok, are you ready? This book is fantastic. Brain busting fantastic. I picked this book up thinking, oh fun a matching book, and finished feeling like my brain just worked out. Honestly the most beautiful and challenging matching book I have seen out there. It takes a simple concept and actually makes it hard, but don’t worry, it isn’t impossible. Here is the concept: find the two matching animals on each page. I can say you and your little will enjoy the challenge and while you are at it you get to look at gorgeous illustrations of different animals.
But this book is not only beautiful each double page comes with a well written poem about the animal you are pairing. The words roll smoothly off your tongue and just add that much more to the book.
Britta Teckentrup has done a stand up job on this book. This is a great book for littles to look at by themselves and for a rainy day activity – trust me it will take some time to get through the whole thing. Or pick it up here and there and just pick a random page to read, that’s the beauty to a book full of short poems!
[G] When my request for this book came in, my colleagues and I all sat around looking for the pairs. In fact, all four of us in the youth services department were entranced by the book! I actually had to request the book (since we didn’t have our copy yet!), but when we got our branch’s new copy, all four of us were, again, enthralled by the book! In fact, we even had some of our school age regulars try it out. They liked it too! This is a can’t go wrong book. CHECK IT OUT IMMEDIATELY!!!!
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This activity can be adapted for all sorts of age levels
set up an area that has what you want your little to match
colors, shapes, alphabet, sounds, blends
for the sake of directions I am going to say we are matching things that start with each letter of the alphabet.
Write each letter on a separate piece of paper (index card) and spread them out on the floor, counter etc.
Have your little run around the house and find something that starts with each letter and place it on top of the index card!
Do the whole alphabet, ½ the alphabet, or even just a few letters whatever your littles attention span can handle!
Go through each letter and acknowledge their hard work! Clean up 🙂