My list of favorite picture books is constantly growing.
Several of our books show some serious wear and tear on them because of the amount of times they’ve been read and handled by little hands. I’ve had to tape, glue, and staple books back together and even replace some of my favorite titles. The kids aren’t misusing or abusing the books— some of the titles are just used a lot.
Miss Rumphius written by Barbara Cooney, has been a constant read-aloud favorite for the past several years. It’s a trusty old book, that the kids keep going back to for me to read to them over and over.
It’s about a lady who sets out in life with three goals to achieve.
Miss Rumphis’ Goals
- Visit Faraway Places
- Live By the Sea
- To Make the World a Better Place
When reading books to the kids, I have a lot of fun coming up with book activities to go with them. As I’m coming up with activities, usually one thing leads to another and before I know it, we’ve had a geography, math, art, history, and science lesson without even meaning to.
Miss Rumphius was one of these books that one thing led to another and when we started one activity, we had an idea for the next that led up down a long rabbit trail of random topics.
Check out this list of activities that can go with Miss Rumphius —–
Miss Rumphius Book Activities
Paint Lupines (ART)– Pull out some paints and tissue paper and look up pictures of lupines on the internet and paint them. Then display them on your refrigerator along with the other 100 pieces of papers that your kids feel are display worthy.
Plant Lupines (Science)– Grab packet of lupine seeds and plant them in one of your flower beds.
Study Lupines/ Plants (Science)– Sprout a seed for science and talk about the parts of flowers and how they live and make food. There are a ton of plant science projects you could do for this activity.
Visit Faraway Place (Geography)– Ask the kids to pick one faraway place they’d like to visit and have them draw a picture of it. After they’ve picked their place have them be able to pinpoint it on a map or globe then learn a few cool facts about it.
(If you are wondering what that picture is—- It’s Hawaii. One of my kiddos drew the islands.) Don’t worry, I had to ask too.
Sea Creatures (Science)– Since Miss Rumphius– wanted to live by the sea. Have the kids pick out one sea creature and learn all about it. They can paint it, draw it, build it, or whatever they like to do. My kids alway enjoy learning the fun facts about animals. THANK YOU YOUTUBE!
Writing Prompt (Creative Writing)– This is probably my favorite activity from the book. I asked each one of my kids to tell me what they were going to do to make the world a better place. My ones that can write, I had them do this for their writing homework one day. If they couldn’t write, I just had them tell me. Their answers were sweet and funny at the same time. A kids perspective on what will make the world a better place is always an enlightening conversation to have.
Action- Bonus Points— If it was a tangible thing that they can do to make the world a better place have them do it!
I could have this list go on and on and on some more for activities to do. One thing leads to another and sparks another question, piques another interest which can lead us from Miss Rumphius to the French Revolution before we know it.
But you get the gist. Have fun with it!
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