In Rosie’s Walk, by Pat Hutchins, Rosie decides to stretch her legs around the farm yard–unaware that a hungry fox is close on her heels! Rosie walks ACROSS the farmyard, AROUND the pond, PAST the mill, THROUGH the fence and UNDER the beehives. the fox tries to follow her but gets held up in hilarious ways!
Read the story with your child and then try a few of these extension activities to keep the fun going and STILL be home in time for dinner…just like Rosie.
- Check out the book or Playaway here or explore other books about prepositions…
- Create a farmyard in your living room! Use couch cushions, pillows and blankets to represent the different locations in the story–try going OVER the cushion that your are pretending is a haystack or AROUND the blue blanket that you are pretending is a pond.
- As you read the book, look for vocabulary opportunities–does your child know that Rosie lives in a “hen house” or that the “mill” is where grain is made into flour? Talk about the story setting–have you ever been to a farm? When? What was that like?
- Use the masks that you can print from this page and take turns pretending to be the fox and then Rosie to explore telling the story from different view points. Maybe you want to pretend to be the fox and then you can practice falling IN the pond, instead! How does it feel to be the fox? How does it feel to be Rosie, the hen?
- Find prepositions in your home–is the book ON the table or IN the basket? Make up some silly prepositional phrases and let your child “fix” them–the silly teddy bear shouldn’t be ON Daddy’s head! The teddy bear should be ON the couch, etc…