One of the many thoughts in my mind as I was writing Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker involved inspiration. I love the way that picture books can inspire children’s play and I wanted to create a picture book that would inspire children to construct their own unique creations out of free reusable items that are readily available at home.
“Katie Shaeffer loved building things, she loved collecting things and most of all she loved pancakes.”
The story was written in part for myself as a preschool teacher, as I wanted a great picture book that could be a jumping off point for activities like this one. I like to provide children with assorted sizes of cardboard boxes. They use tape and scissors to construct a creation of their own choosing.
The learning opportunities here are so plentiful. Children learn to use scissors and tape effectively. This takes huge amounts of skill and focus for three and four year olds but they can do it. Children develop confidence in their abilities as their fine motor skills improve. Because the project is of a child’s own choosing, the child is highly motivated to complete the task and will spend more time working towards their goal.
I love this because it only requires scissors, tape and boxes. Sometimes children like to paint their creations as well. Some children have constructed creations and then taken them home to play with over and over again. Just imagine how it would feel to be three or four years old and create your own toy!
I hope that Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker will inspire you and your children to construct unique creations from a panoply of recycled items just as Katie did in the story.
Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker will be available soon. Check back here at my author website for updates!