The colorful keys and cages in the book inspired me to make a little book to use with my preschoolers:
Each page of this 6-page book has an animal hiding behind a cage door that opens and closes, and a key that turns to "unlock" it. How fun is that?
After opening all six doors and talking about the animals hiding inside their cages, we say "good night" to each one and lock them up again! The preschoolers love to turn those keys, and the repetitive text makes it easy for them to "read" the story again and again. You can download a copy to use with your kids here. You'll need to print two copies of the cage doors, and one copy of the animal pages. Cut the cage doors with room to spare for gluing on the left edge. The keys are on a separate document; download them here. I used a hole punch to make holes in the keys and on each page, roughly a half an inch from the right edge of the paper, and fastened the keys to the pages using brass fasteners. Some of the kids helped with the assembly of their own books, which was an even better way to expand language.
I made a second set of card to use for comparatives and superlatives and a few blank cards for you to be creative with. You can download both sets of cards here. All in all, this was an easy activity to pull together and one that is easy to adapt to address a variety of skills.
I hope you enjoy these activities. I'm sure I'll have more to add as The Small Talk Zoo just opened for business and I usually keep it around for awhile! If you download any of my materials, please leave a comment to let me know how you plan to use them.
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