Monday, 26 August 2013

Hairy Maclary's Bone: Positional Language Activity

One of my children's favourite stories is the Hairy Maclary series written by Lynley Dodd. We have read these story many times as they are great for building phonemic awareness and recognition. After we read each book, I like to do an activity that is based on the book in order to extend the learning and help my children make the connection between them and the text.   
 

In this particular book, Hairy Maclarys Bone, there is a lot of positional language that is used as Hairy Maclary carries his bone over and under, through and around objects on his way home. To explore positional language further, we used some cardboard and paint to make our own Hairy Maclary bone. My children chose their colours and painted their bones. 


Once our 'bones' were dry we took them outside to continue our learning of the book. We talked about what Hairy Maclary did with his bone as he walked home and the positional words that are used in our book before taking our bone and "acting out" these directions as follows:

Through they all went....

Under they went....
 

Round they all went....


Over they went....


One of them jumped....

We followed up our learning on positional language by playing the Which Clifford online game as well as using positional language in our everyday life.

After our bone activity on exploring words, we then made our own puppets based on the characters of our story so we could learn more about them. We downloaded a copy of these Hairy Maclary's Finger Puppets. We cut out the puppets and stuck them onto paddle pop sticks making it easier for little fingers to play with.

We talked about the characters names and why they we thought they got their names (eg.Muffin MacLay like a bundle of hay because he is big and fluffy). We also talked about what they might like to eat, where they like to sleep and did they like going for walks. I listened as my children used these puppets to recall the story and develop their language skills further.

 

My children then spent many hours enjoying these puppets as they put on a puppet show and made up different stories with the characters from our book. 

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