This week’s #PLAYfulpreschool theme is “pancakes!” The pre-k kiddos and I had fun talking about our favorite pancakes. Afterwards, we thought it would be fun to make our very own class pancake book. I’d originally hoped to make a “cookbook” of kid recipes, but they wanted to write about their favorite pancakes instead. Either way, this turned into a fun preschool writing activity for the students.
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What we did
During center time, I chatted with the kids in small groups and one-on-one. This activity occurred over multiple days, so my assistants were able to join in on the fun, too. We talked about our favorite pancakes, how to make them, and what we like on our pancakes.
During the discussion, I encouraged the children to draw a picture of what they were telling me about. I suggested drawing their favorite pancakes or drawing their families eating pancakes together.
After the drawings were done, the children dictated what to write down. I wrote the words as they watched to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes. Most of the children were very attentive during this process!
Once we had the illustrations and the words, it was time to assemble our little book. I called the children over to come up with a title for the book. I expected this to take longer, but they quickly decided on “Pancake World by the Pre-K Children”. So that’s what I wrote on the front cover. A few of the kids added pictures to the front cover before declaring it finished.
I have a binding machine (I may get commissions for purchases made through links in this post) and I loooooove it! I grabbed it out of the cabinet and had some boys and girls help me bind our newest book. This was the first time I used the machine with the kids this year, and they were enthralled. I see even more book-making in my future.
If you’d rather have a book with repetitive text, give the children a sentence frame to use. Perhaps “I like (kind of) pancakes” or “I can eat (number of) pancakes.”
I still think a kid-written pancake cookbook would be fun (and entertaining)! 🙂
what do kids learn with this preschool writing activity?
Despite the simplicity of this bookmaking process, the children gain quite a bit. Here are some of the early learning concepts touched upon:
- Language and conversation practice
- Oral language can become written language (what we say, we can read)
- Reading and writing go from left to right, top to bottom
- Correct letter formation
- Books’ illustrations give clues about text
Do you create books with your children? What are their favorite topics? Do you have another favorite preschool writing activity to share? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below.
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Amanda Boyarshinov says
Ummm… I like chocolate pancakes too! What a great idea for a book! We will try make a family book this week – there is enough of us to assemble a small book and it’s fun to include parents too. I’ll try remember to show you a picture of how it turns out!
How adorable! I know this book will be much loved by the children and their parents! Do you send your class books home for a night for the families to read too?
I love all the books you make with the kids! I agree that a kid-written pancake cookbook would be so fun!
The book turned out really cute and the process you created to make the book is wonderful. I love how the children were able see their own contributions and those of their friends. I wonder if photocopies could be made for each child to take home.
Cerys from Rainy Day Mum says
This is fantastic – what a great book (and I loved my binding machine as a teacher as well) I am going to share this with the class teacher at my child’s preschool as this would make a lovely memento of her class this year.
Jodie @ Growing Book by Book says
Such a fun idea! I loved making class books with my kids. I still have some that were made over 15 years ago!
aileen sparks says
this is exactly what I do!
Thanks for thinking aike when it comes to pre k.
Also nice to have extra resources
Love the golf tee words
Mary Catherine says
Glad to help! 🙂