Fun with Learning Blog

Pun Activity for Kids

The Power of Being PunnyHere’s an activity I made for kids to demonstrate one way of depicting a pun (comic format), as well as blank templates for children to collect and display their own puns.

This activity goes with my article at The Book Chook, The Power of Being Punny.

If you’re a librarian, teacher or parent who’d like to use this activity for educational purposes, you can download it on my Free PDFs and Resources page.

Free PDF Bookmarks for Kids – Connect to Reading!

Connect to Reading bookmarksIf you’re working in an Australian school, or someone who values reading with kids, you’re probably preparing for Children’s Book Week 2014. You may already have seen a huge list of ideas for celebrating over at The Book Chook within an article called Activities for Children’s Book Week 2014. But then I found more ideas! So today at The Book Chook, you’ll find Last Minute Ideas for Children’s Book Week.

In conjunction with that post, below is a free PDF for you to download of 15cm x 5cm bookmarks kids can create. I would suggest thin card as the best to print onto. With the first two, children can simply cut and paste together. In the third, they can design their own quote and cute creature to remind them about Connect to Reading. If you’d like to promote The Book Chook, perhaps to encourage others to visit it, I’ve added a fourth bookmark you can use. Kids can mix and match, pasting two together to form a bookmark that might help them remember how to make connections to what they read. Or you might decide to have them use one printed side, and have them decorate the other with book characters they like.

(Click to go to PDF download page, and scroll down.)

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Inferring Activity for Kids

Backpack Activity - InferringHere’s an activity that encourages children to practise inferring. They need to make guesses about the owner based on the contents of a backpack that Rav and Terri find in the park. Children might try the activity alone, perhaps underlining key clues that lead to an inference, then form small groups to compare and discuss their answers.

This activity goes together with my article at The Book Chook, Helping Kids to Infer,  published July 14, 2014.

You can download this PDF activity on my Free PDFs and Resources page.