We are delighted to be participating in our first ever Love Books Summer Exchange. For the past few years The Educators’ Spin On It has hosted a book exchange. Bloggers are paired up and send each other a book and open-ended activity for their child. We were paired up with Mummy’s To Do List – who I am pleased to announce has just had a baby! You can read about the package we sent Mummy’s To Do List here.
We were very excited when our parcel arrived. Mummy’s To Do List was extremely thoughtful and realised Adam loves transport so sent us the ‘Big Yellow Digger’ by Julia Jarman and Adrian Reynolds. She sent us all the equipment for not one but two activities – although I forgot to include the large cardboard tubes in the photograph!
After reading the book several times (Adam is addicted to it already) we set about making our own Big Yellow Digger with moving parts. I cut out the digger parts and placed them onto black card. Adam seemed intent on using all of the colours on the yellow digger so we ended up with a multicoloured digger! We looked through the story as he painted and Adam would shout “yellow digger” whenever we spotted it.
Mummy’s To Do List had included a picture of each of the different animals featured in the story which Adam painted in preparation to decorate his digeridoo.
My first reaction when we received the package was why are we making a digeridoo when the book is about a digger? Mummy’s To Do List must have read my mind as her instructions said “the activity has a taste of Australia, which will all make sense when you’ve read the book.” The activity certainly did make sense after reading the book as the digger (and many animals) dig to Australia where they dance to Wombat’s didgeridoo.
Adam concentrated on painting his didgeridoo for over half an hour. The book mentions how they make dotty pictures in the sand and for a while Adam made a dotty picture on his didgeridoo. He was fully engrossed in choosing his paints, mixing colours and even tried some finger painting.
The next day Adam decorated his didgeridoo with the variety of stickers that were in the package. We also decorated the cardboard packaging that Adam’s didgeridoo came in. We wrapped it in tissue paper and then glued on the animals Adam had painted. We had a fantastic time attempting to make different noises through our digeridoos!
Using the gold paper fasteners which Mummy’s To Do List provided I fitted the parts together of the yellow digger. Adam had great fun moving all of the different parts whilst we sang “Brum, Brum! Brum, brum! Judder, judder, jigger. Bucket goes up, bucket goes down…”
A huge thank you to Mummy’s To Do List for our wonderful package. Adam thoroughly enjoyed the activities and I can already tell the Big Yellow Digger is going to be a favourite book. Remember to check out Mummy’s To Do List post about the package we sent them.
Also thank you to The Educators’ Spin On It for organising another successful Summer Book Exchange. We shall certainly be back next year.
Adam was 2 years and 2 months old.