If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff
In the same vein as the classics If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin, also written by Laura Numeroff, this story escalates in the same manner, ending with eating more pancakes, of course. When reading, have the children pay close attention to the things the pig does in the story, which includes taking a bath, tap dancing, mailing a letter and decorating a tree house.
Sensory Play: Fill your sensory table with warm soapy water and have the children give the plastic farm animals, especially the pigs, a bath. Provide them with sponges, washcloths, bath poufs and pouring cups.
Language Arts: In the book, the pig wears a special outfit when she tap dances. Talk with the children about uniforms and the professions that require special clothing such as policeman, firefighter and dancer. Play a matching game, placing the correct outfit with the correct worker.
Writing or Journals: Ask children to write a letter to their family about their day. They can draw pictures or write words. Help the children fold the letters and place them in an envelope. Mail them to the families at the end of the day.
Snack: Pancakes, of course! Ask the children for suggestions for toppings for the pancakes.