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Should animals come inside?

Posted by teachcreativity on March 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM

If All the Animals Came Inside

The children I read this with really enjoyed this story. Yes, all the animals come inside and they play, eat, drink, run around, and mostly, make a big mess!! Of course, all young children love the idea of making a mess (maybe even more than actually making a mess, since it doesn't have to be cleaned up). They also love the silliness of elephants, giraffes, monkeys, lemurs, ostriches and many more animals coming inside their house. (Of course, the parents in the book are horrified). Finally, though, the boy in the story decides there are too many animals in his bed and takes a tent to go sleep in the backyard!

I sing (I make up a tune, but you could also chant it) the recurring refrain "The walls would tremble, the windows would shake/ Oh, what a terrible mess we would make!" (Actually the words are a little different each time, but I keep them the same for continuity's sake.  When children repeat the refrain with me, it engages and involves them more in the story.)

After the story, we talk about having all those animals in the house. Would it be fun? Or would they like just a dog or cat? Or some animal not mentioned in the story? Lots of creative ideas come out, and lots of questions too!

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