Toys I Make, Trips I Take – Resources
First, there is the theme of the toymaker making toys for his toy shop. AND the aspect of each of the classic toys to enjoy, ie. the Jack In the Box, the drum, the spinning top, etc. I’ve got lots of songs, and other resources, as you will see, but not so many books about the classic toys or the toymaker.
I am open to someone sharing books or resources they love on this subject, by making a comment on this blog. I have found a few online, and ordered them, but cannot yet recommend them. Maybe you’ll see some new entries soon. Only if they’re the best!
I must first recommend a fabulous classical music piece, The Toy Symphony by Leopold Mozart. You can find a great recording of this symphony on the CD set described in this posting: Classics for Children – Great set of classical music
Within the semester, we have the opportunity to help the toymaker build a boat, and a train, and to explore adventures that we might have in our imaginations. The following blog posting include resources for these themes.
Travel by boat – in a book or two (book resources and ideas)
Children, Children, build me a boat (activity idea and slide show)
A group of children on Elm Street find a treasure map, and learn some important mapping skills on the way to finding a wonderful “treasure” under the X. Readers will be intrigued by the treasure, and may want to start their own tradition.
During the last part of the semester, we focus on the enjoyment of stuffed animals as friends, confidants, and playmates. Along that line, I do recommend:
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear – Ill. by Michael Hague; Scholastic, 1993 . It is the classic rhyme that encourages specific movements, and the illustrations are classic and delightful. Try to make each of the positions that you see the little bear doing, even along the borders of the pages.
Fabulous videos about Toys:
Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer and the Island of Misfit Toys – GoodTimes Entertainment, 2001 – This is an excellent follow up, with top notch voices, for Rudolph to join with an elf that would rather be a dentist than make toys. Feeling like they don’t fit in, they find more misfits – toys that are made incorrectly – and end up saving Christmas by foiling the plans of the Toy Taker.
The Tangerine Bear – Feature Films for Families , 2005 – A toy bear that no one wants longs to find a home. When no one buys him, he ends up in a story specializing in damaged merchandise. He meets new friends, including a Jack in the Box, and eventually discovers his true home.
I would highly recommend ANY of the films from this company; they are all fully designed to “strengthen traditional values through entertainment”. And they do. Check them out at www.familyfilms.com . We personally have more than 30 of the films by this company and both the children and grown ups enjoy them. See my blog posting: Feature Films for Families .
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