Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Big Green Pocketbook: Ladies' Day Out

We took the bus and went around town last week. Care to take a peek at our adventures as we followed our friends in The Big Green Pocketbook?

Here’s the bus that Little T put together and that we eventually rode. While waiting, we listened to some Bus Sounds from our Kindermusik Away We Go CD then sang The Wheels of the Bus when it finally got going. Little T dropped some coins into the box and the bus driver gave her our bus tickets, which she put in her red-not-green pocketbook. We were on our way!

Our first stop was at the bank. The bank teller stamped some of our forms while Little T counted the money on the counter. Before we left, the teller gave her two lollipops.

We next went to the insurance office. Little T had fun sitting on the secretary’s chair and typing her name in big then small letters on the computer keyboard. There was no typewriter in that office.


The jewelry store! We had a blast trying on necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. The store manager gave Little T a key chain and my girl remembered to say “Thank you.”

At the dry cleaners, we picked up Little T’s pink dress and the lady there gave her a tiny calendar of her birthday month for her pocketbook. Little T was thrilled to see that her birthday next year falls on a Thursday.

Next stop was at the five-and-ten store where Little T reached for a sack of gumdrops… ooops, a bag of M&M’s rather. Little T whispered to me that the store owner called us ladies.

Finally, we went to the drugstore where I gave Little T some money to buy a new box of crayons. We had a treat too! We were supposed to have ice cream but we opted to have homemade frozen yogurt instead. Little T made it with her dad!

MAPS AND BOARD GAME   Little T had so much fun that she asked to play the Around the Town game again and again. I made different maps for her too. First I made some crude drawings so she could trace our route with her green pencil. Then I had her write the sequence of our trip in letters because she doesn't know how to write numbers yet. Finally, I made this simple and very easy-to-make matching board game: pick an object card and place it on where it was received or done.

DRAMATIC PLAY   We are going out to a real mother-and-daughter day out to visit the real versions of our pretend places, sans the bus ride. But whether we go or not, our numerous "stagings" of this Before Five in a Row book have already enriched our reading experience and gave Little T the opportunity to practice her social, language, and social skills. For more about the importance of pretend play, I always refer to this article at the Scholastic website. 

It was a truly enjoyable week that had us ladies "going out" each time we picked up The Big Green Pocketbook .


Giant Jigsaw Puzzle of a Bus
The Big Green Pocketbook by Candice Ransom
A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort
I Lost My Dad by Taro Gomi
Olivia and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer
A red Hello Kitty pocketbook
Coin bank
Kindermusik Away We Go Home CD
Fisher Price's Ice Cream Scoops of Fun

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MaiMommy said...

I love it!!!! I can't wait to get our Beyond Five and a Row set. I am sooo looking forward to doing activities like this with my 6y/o daughter. Thanks for sharing!

Mariel said...

Thanks! We had a lot of fun!!!

Jean G said...

I love your ideas. It's a practical way to teach our kids :)

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Thanks Meme! Would love to know what you'll do too!

Meme said...

Wow, nice ideas you have here, Mariel! I will definitely come back to visit this when we row Big Green Pocketbook :) 

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

I love your nickname for your baby! I call mine honey bear and sweet bear :D

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Haha! Have fun, Juli! I'm glad this blog has inspired you :D

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

Have fun with your little one, too!

Mariel @ The Learning Basket said...

We tried to ride the train once, but it was a holiday so there was no service! It's still on our to-do list!

Carol said...

These are wonderful ideas. I remember the time that we took a round trip ticket of the train. My kid was only 2 at the time but he loved the whole experience. Now, that he's 4 we can now do more errands outside. We also love Kindermusik songs - it has never left our car stereo so we can always play it during our trips.

Zendie said...

Your ideas for making books come alive are so clever! Thanks for sharing. :)

Juli said...

This is so much fun!!! I am excited for our Before Five in a Row books, which I ordered because I was inspired by The Learning Basket blog!!! I can't wait to try out the activities and make learning sooo much fun for our bear!!! 

Maiqui said...

My babycake loves singing wheels on the bus! I can imagine how much fun it would be for her to have other kids sing it with her if we can join kindermusik :)