We checked out The Poky Little Puppy from the library last week, and so far, John or I have read the story to Colter 36.5 times. Admittedly, I totally just made up that number, but my point is, he adores the poky puppy and the puppy's adventures. Because books are the bomb and some of our most favorite things, we like to incorporate the stories we read into our daily activities. Colter loves it when we read a book and then have some sort of story-related project.
After we read The Poky Little Puppy this morning, I found a coloring page on the Little Golden Books webpage and printed off three copies: one for Colter, one for me (sort of), and one for a coloring page puzzle. We started off our project by coloring together at the coffee table. In our pjs. At 11:00 in the morning. It made us happy.
Some people whine about how coloring pages stifle creativity, but I think that's nonsense as long as kids are exposed to blank pages sometimes, too. This looks like a pretty creative and colorful puppy to me even if it is on a coloring page.
While Colter was working on his puppy page, I colored part of one and then cut out some of the pieces. Ten seemed like a good number.
I then armed Colter with a glue stick and had him match the pieces to the third coloring sheet that we hadn't used yet. He matched up the pieces and glued them on.
He goes a little crazy with the glue sometimes. Ta da! A coloring page puzzle!
This site has a lot of cool poky little puppy ideas. We plan on making some strawberry shortcake tonight like the puppies have at the end of the story. YUM.