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					                        Corduroy Activities


 “What I‟ve Always Wanted” Buttons

 Create Your Own Corduroy Puppet

 Exploring Feelings With Corduroy

 Learning About Fabric With Corduroy

 My Beary Best Buddy

 My Own Adventure With Corduroy

 Where is Corduroy‟s Button?
                                                                                             This activity works best with:
                                                                                                SMALL GROUPS

  “What I‟ve Always Wanted” Buttons                                                             CLASSROOMS/LIBRARIES

                                                                                             Preparation Time: LOW - MEDIUM
                                                                                             Materials: $$
               In this activity children will talk about the things that Corduroy
OVERVIEW       and Lisa always wanted. They will then make buttons filled with
               pictures of things that they have always wanted, places they have
               wanted to go, and things they have wanted to do and hang them
               on a pair of corduroy overalls.                                                     Activity created by Desiree
                                                                                                   Simmons, Site Manager at
               MATERIALS:                                                                          Northeastern University.
MATERIALS &         Assorted colors of construction paper                                                                        .
PREPARATION         Tape and glue
                    Markers, crayons, pens, pencils, and paint if desired
                    Variety of craft materials such as pipe cleaners, feathers, sequins, glitter, tissue paper, cotton balls
                     etc.
                    Large butcher paper or poster board for corduroy overalls

               PREPARATION:
                    On the large butcher paper or poster board draw a big pair of corduroy overalls (Corduroy the bear
                     could be drawn as well if desired.)
                    Don‟t include any buttons on the drawing but feel free to draw places where buttons could appear
                     such as pockets, along a cuff, and the straps.
                    If desired, create button templates that are large enough to draw and write in.
                    The buttons could also be in many different kinds of shapes such as circle, square, star, rectangle,
                     etc.

                       Begin this activity by talking about Corduroy - ask children, “What are things that Corduroy always
INTRODUCTION            wanted to have or do in the story?”
                       Tell the children that today they will be creating some buttons for Corduroy with things that they‟ve
                        always wanted to do or have on them- just like how Corduroy always wanted to sleep in a bed or
                        wanted a friend.
                       Tell the children that they will put their special buttons on Corduroy‟s overalls so he won‟t ever need
                        to look for a button again!



                       Using the button templates or having the children create their own buttons, they should draw and
ACTIVITY                decorate something they‟ve always wanted to have or to do, or someplace that they‟ve always wanted
                        to go.
                       Encourage children to write about what they created and to sign their name. If children cannot write
                        it themselves then encourage them to dictate to adults and have adults write what they say exactly
                        and repeat back what they wrote to the children.
                       Let children choose where they want to put their button on the corduroy overalls.

               Adults can discuss the words hopes, dreams, wishes, and desires. They can discuss what it means to want
TIPS FOR       something that you don‟t have or to want to do something you‟ve never done before. Use examples from the
CONVERSATION   book like, “Corduroy says he always wanted a friend, have you ever wanted a friend?” “How did you find a
               friend?” Adults should try to encourage children to talk about non-material things they want as well like,
               “What do you want to do when you grow up?”

               Engage children in a discussion about things that they have wanted, things they have wanted to do, and places
               they have wanted to go. “Corduroy said he had always wanted to go to a palace and climb a mountain. Tell
               me about some things that you have always wanted to do or places you have wanted to go.” Adults should
               also share examples of things they have wanted, places they have wanted to go or things they have wanted to
               do. Examples should be clear and simple to understand. Feel free to use words such as the ones listed above.
               Encourage children to talk about their drawings. “Tell me about your drawing. Do you know someone who has
               a pink bicycle? What would you do if you had a pink bicycle?”



                       Children will get introduced to new concepts including hopes, dreams, and desires.
LEARNING               Children will have opportunities to think about less tangible things helps them develop an ability to
CONNECTION              think about the „future‟ and planning.
                       The activity will help children expand their concept of „wanting‟ and things they could want.
                       Providing opportunities to understand and express their feelings helps children develop social-
                        emotional understanding and skills which helps prepare them to be a part of a classroom learning
                        community.



               For more activities, visit www.readfortherecord.org
                                                                                            This activity works best with:
                                                                                                INDIVIDUAL CHILD
                                                                                                SMALL GROUPS
                                                                                                CLASSROOMS/LIBRARIES
                                                                                                ACTIVITY STATIONS AT LARGE

  Create Your Own Corduroy Puppet                                                                EVENTS

                                                                                            Preparation Time: LOW
                                                                                            Materials: $
               After reading Corduory, children will make their own Corduroy
OVERVIEW       puppets and talk about how teddy bears make them feel. They
               can also reenact the story or tell new stories about Corduroy.
                                                                                                  This activity was created by
                                                                                                  Deshea Richard, Corps
                                                                                                  member at Jumpstart
                                                                                                  Hammond at Southeastern
               MATERIALS:
MATERIALS &                                                                                       Louisiana University.
                    Brown paper bags
PREPARATION                                                                                                                       .
                    Assorted colored construction paper (be sure there is plenty of green and brown paper included)
                    Medium size buttons
                    Scissors
                    Tape and glue
                    Markers
                    Crayons

               PREPARATION:
               Gather materials and set up on tables for children to use. Make sure children can access all materials


               Begin this activity by talking about Corduroy and looking through the book. Ask children to observe and
INTRODUCTION   describe Corduroy and his clothing. Ask them if they notice anything about the straps on Corduroy‟s pants.
               Tell the children that they will create their own Corduroy puppet and get to dress their puppet up.



               Give each child a brown paper bag to draw Corduroy‟s face and body. The children will then use construction
ACTIVITY       paper (green or otherwise) to create clothes for the puppet. Children can use all materials available to them,
               including buttons. They will get to design his clothes however they choose; encourage children to use other
               materials for different body parts as well. Some children may not want to decorate their puppets like the bear
               in the book, which is fine. The important thing here is to provide the children with opportunities to make their
               own choices about how they want to make their puppets and use the materials as they like.



               Once the puppets are created, encourage the children to re-enact the story of Corduroy, or to have
               conversations with one another about the story using their puppets.



                       Encourage children to talk about their puppet – “Tell me about your puppet. Have you ever had a
TIPS FOR                teddy bear (or other stuffed animal) of your own? Do you think your Corduroy puppet will be happy
CONVERSATION            in your room?”
                       Use words like “bear,” “overalls,” “button,” and “friend” to reintroduce new vocabulary words from the
                        book to this art activity, discussing what these words mean.
                       Adults can also share examples of their childhood experiences of having owned a teddy bear (or other
                        stuffed animal), and how it made them feel to have him as a friend.
                       Children can also retell the story using their new Corduroy puppets.



                       Story telling with puppets gives children a way to share stories and demonstrates their understanding
LEARNING                of the story.
CONNECTION             Story telling with puppets builds on children‟s ideas by introducing new words, their meanings and
                        other information.
                       Children‟s initiative skills are fostered when adults comment on children‟s work and play along side
                        them with the same materials. This is enabled by adults providing children leadership opportunities
                        and reaffirming what the children are doing.
                       Creating a puppet show provides children with an opportunity to work with others.
                       Children will learn new vocabulary words that are found in the Corduroy story, including “overalls” and
                        “button.”
                       Drawing, tracing, writing, cutting, and gluing help to develop fine motor skills and eye-hand
                        coordination.



               For more activities, visit www.readfortherecord.org
                                                                                               This activity works best with:
                                                                                                   INDIVIDUAL CHILD
                                                                                                   SMALL GROUPS
                                                                                                   CLASSROOMS/LIBRARIES
                                                                                                   ACTIVITY STATIONS AT LARGE
                                                                                                    EVENTS

  Exploring Feelings with Corduroy                                                             Preparation Time: LOW
                                                                                               Materials: $


               After an interactive reading of Corduroy, children and adults can
OVERVIEW       engage in arts projects and small group discussions around the
               theme of “feelings” in Corduroy.
                                                                                                     Activity created by Kathleen
               MATERIALS:                                                                            Kuhl, 2007-2009 Pearson
MATERIALS &         Blank paper where children can draw their own bears                             Teacher Fellow
PREPARATION         Art supplies: markers, crayons, paints, etc.
                                                                                                                                    .


               PREPARATION:
                     Set up art materials as necessary to ensure they are accessible to children.
                     Prepare/practice the story to pause for discussion.

               After reading the story (a few times perhaps), the reader can pause at the pages/pictures that explicitly show
INTRODUCTION   a feeling (ex: “Corduroy watched them sadly as they walked away”) and use this as a chance to ask about
               and discuss the feeling. The reader can ask the children what feelings they see in the picture before reading
               the words.



                       Set up tables/stations for drawing “feelings.”
ACTIVITY               Have the children draw their own bears on a sheet of paper.
                       In small groups, have an adult show a page from the book or read a line from the book, and ask the
                        children if they want to draw/color, etc. what that feeling looks like to them (or they could act it out if
                        they don‟t want to do an art activity).
                       Allow children to explore feelings that Corduroy showed and connect these feelings to their everyday
                        experiences.



                       With visual aids like the book and their own facial expressions, adults can engage with the children
TIPS FOR                while both reading the story and participating in activities.
CONVERSATION           Adults can ask simple questions connecting Corduroy‟s experiences and feelings with the experiences
                        and feelings of the children that are reading the book (ex. ask the child, “Have you ever felt surprised
                        like Corduroy did when he learned he was missing a button?.



                       Children will be able to see “pictures of feelings” (e.g. smiling, frowning, etc.) while listening to the
LEARNING                story behind the feelings.
CONNECTION             They will also be able to express, through art or acting, what these feelings look and seem like with
                        the guidance and direction of an adult and make connections to their own experiences.
                       Providing opportunities to understand and express their feelings helps children develop social-
                        emotional understanding and skills which helps prepare them to be a part of a classroom learning
                        community.




               For more activities, visit www.readfortherecord.org
                                                                                             This activity works best with:
                                                                                                 SMALL GROUPS
                                                                                                 ACTIVITY STATIONS AT LARGE
                                                                                                  EVENTS

                                                                                             Preparation Time: LOW

  Learning about Fabric with Corduroy                                                        Materials: $$ - depends on the
                                                                                             availability of fabric materials



               The story of Corduroy is a great opportunity to explore the visual
OVERVIEW       and sensory experiences of fabric, thanks to the title of the book!
               Many children may not know what “corduroy” means or refers to,
               so this could introduce them to new vocabulary and subjects.                     Activity created by Kathleen
                                                                                                Kuhl, 2007-2009 Pearson
               MATERIALS:                                                                       Teacher Fellow
MATERIALS &         Swaths of fabric, especially corduroy. If possible, a booklet of sample fabrics or left over fabrics,
PREPARATION          possibly from a fabric store (They may have discarded pieces, leftovers, or extras that they could
                     donate or sell at a discount.)
                    Art supplies (paper, glue, markers, crayons)

               PREPARATION:
                     Acquire fabric samples.
                     Plan spaces and objects in the event room, library, classroom, or school to observe, feel, and
                      experiment with different types of fabrics and materials.

                        Ask the children if they know what corduroy is.
INTRODUCTION            Find a variety of samples of corduroy for the children to touch, feel, and play with and to discuss in
                         large or small groups.
                        Bring in other types of fabric or cloth for the children to see and touch.



               After discussing fabric as a group, children should have access to play with the fabric samples. As a group or
ACTIVITY       as individuals, children can compare their own clothing to the fabric samples and explore the classroom and
               school for other materials as a sensory experiment (ex. doll clothes, towels, pretend play clothing).

               After the sensory learning activity, allow children to draw their own bears on a piece of blank paper,
               encouraging them to use different pieces of fabric to dress the bears up. Alternatively, they can create their
               very own fabric collages by gluing pieces of fabric to a piece of paper, allowing them continue to explore the
               sensory aspects of the fabrics as they



               Use your own and the children‟s clothing as points of comparison among different types of fabric and for the
TIPS FOR       sensory aspects of the activity/discussion, so that they can immediately and physically relate to the story and
CONVERSATION   the theme. Introduce words like: soft, smooth, rough, ridges, durable, stretchy, and rigid.



                       This activity branches out from the story of Corduroy and will help children expand their vocabulary,
LEARNING                knowledge, and depth of understanding regarding fabrics and sensory descriptions.
CONNECTION             Children will learn new words like “soft, smooth, rough, ridges, durable, stretchy, and rigid.”
                       Children‟s initiative skills are fostered when adults comment on children‟s work and play along side
                        them with the same materials. This is enabled by adults providing children leadership opportunities
                        and reaffirming what the children are doing.
                       Drawing, tracing, writing, cutting, and gluing help to develop fine motor skills and eye-hand
                        coordination.




               For more activities, visit www.readfortherecord.org
                                                                                              This activity works best with:
                                                                                                  SMALL GROUPS
                                                                                                  CLASSROOMS/LIBRARIES

                                                                                              Preparation Time: LOW

  My Beary Best Buddy                                                                         Materials: $$




               After reading the story Corduroy, children will make up a story
OVERVIEW       about their own favorite stuffed animal. Once each child has                         This activity was created
               written the story, the kids should come together as a group and
                                                                                                    by the Jumpstart
               share their stories with each other and their stuffed friends. On
               your RFTR advertisement, you may want to ask parents to bring                        Volunteer Team and
               their favorite stuffed animal, toy, or a picture of a child with either              Robert San Juan (Site
               of these. If parents are not asked to bring one of these items,                      Manager) at the
               we‟d recommend that you do the “My Own Adventure with                                University of Wisconsin,
               Corduroy” activity instead.                                                          Madison.

               MATERIALS:
MATERIALS &         Favorite stuffed animal or toy from home or picture of child with either
                                                                                                                                  .
PREPARATION         Toys or stuffed animals for children who do not have access to any of the above
                    Blank paper
                    Glue sticks
                    Pens, pencils, markers, crayons (colorful writing utensils)
                    Stickers or other fun art supplies

               PREPARATION:
               Prepare 1-2 sheets of 8.5 x 11 paper for storybooks. Use half a sheet of colored construction paper for cover.
               Set out writing utensils and blank books for children.

               Begin activity with leader showing off his/her picture, favorite stuffed friend, or toy. Explain to the children
INTRODUCTION   that they will be writing/creating the story about their Beary Best Buddy.



               Then tell them that when they are done writing the story they will come back together as a group to share
               what their stuffed animal or toy did.



               Use the premade paper books for the children to write their stories with any writing utensils available. Make
ACTIVITY       sure the children are drawing pictures to go along with the story. Adults nearby can assist younger children
               by writing the children‟s stories for them on the appropriate pages. Once every child is done making their
               books, let them come together and each child will present their story to the group.



               Engage children in the conversation about what their toy is doing and relate it back to Corduroy‟s adventure.
TIPS FOR       Talk to children about their Beary Best Buddy‟s story. After the children‟s presentation, ask them specific
CONVERSATION   questions about how they interact with their favorite animal/toy at home (ex. “What do you like to play at
               home with your favorite animal/toy? How do you feel when you play with your toy?”)



                  Having children come up with their own story and expressing it on a page helps build their imagination and
LEARNING           literacy skills.
CONNECTION        Having children bring their Beary Best Buddy helps to give the children a direct connection to the story of
                   Corduroy. They can better understand the emotions involved in the book because they can directly relate to
                   the book.
                  Having children present their own book gives them an opportunity to experience talking in front of a group.
                  By making the books it also gives the children an opportunity to share and express experiences with other
                   children and adults and practice beginning literacy skills, including the development of knowledge of how
                   books work. This includes knowledge that :
                               Books move from front to back
                               Words explain the pictures in the book
                               Text moves from left to right across the page
                               Books have a title and an author




               For more activities, visit www.readfortherecord.org
                                                                                              This activity works best with:
                                                                                                 INDIVIDUAL CHILD
                                                                                                 SMALL GROUPS
                                                                                                 CLASSROOMS/LIBRARIES
                                                                                                 ACTIVITY STATIONS AT LARGE
                                                                                                  EVENTS

  My Own Adventure with Corduroy                                                              Preparation Time: MEDIUM
                                                                                              Materials: $$


               In this activity, children will learn about the concept of an
OVERVIEW       adventure, which can be an exciting or unusual experience. After
               reading Corduroy children will make their own books describing                       This activity was created by
               their adventures with Corduroy. They will first discuss the book,                    Deshea Richard, Corps
               Corduroy, and then explore other ways to enjoy having Corduroy                       member at Jumpstart
               for a friend.                                                                        Hammond at Southeastern
                                                                                                    Louisiana University.
               MATERIALS:                                                                                                           .
MATERIALS &         Construction paper
PREPARATION         Markers
                    Crayons
                    Glue
                    Staplers
                    Glitter
                    Scissors

               PREPARATION:
               Create folded construction paper booklets that are stapled together. For example, take 2 pieces of
               construction 8.5” x 11” paper and fold them together vertically (so you‟re left with a small booklet that is 8.5”
               high and 5.5” wide). Staple the book together so the straight edge of the staple will be on the outside of the
               book. You will now have an 8 page blank book for children to use.


                       Begin the activity by talking about the adventures that Corduroy has in the book. Explain that today,
INTRODUCTION            they will be creating their own adventures with Corduroy.
                       Ask children, “If Corduroy was your friend, what kind of adventures would you go on together?”
                       Tell the children that they each will make a book, describing through pictures and/or words,
                        adventures they can go on with Corduroy.


               Explain to the children that they will be creating their own books and telling a story about an adventure they‟ll
ACTIVITY       go on with Corduroy. When giving the children their blank paper booklets, talk about the different parts of the
               book and story-making process (see Learning Connections below) and have them start to plan out their
               stories.

               Have children decorate each page using a variety of materials. They can draw pictures of themselves and
               Corduroy. They can use markers or crayons to color their pictures. They can also write the words for stories,
               to the best of their ability. Adults nearby can assist younger children by writing the children‟s stories for them
               on the appropriate pages.



               Introduce the concept of an adventure, and what it means. Be creative, yet give simple explanations. Adults
TIPS FOR       can also share examples of their adventures when they were young. Engage children in dialogue about
CONVERSATION   exploring with a friend or playing a game with a friend. Encourage children to talk about their book – “Tell me
               about your book. What kind of things did you like to do with your friend Corduroy?” “Where did you go on
               your adventure?” Have children read or tell their adventure story back to the adult, and ask questions that
               extend their thinking. For example, “Was the water cold or warm when you jumped in?”



                New vocabulary word: adventure
LEARNING        Build on children‟s ideas by introducing new words and information.
CONNECTION      Through active experiences, like creating books, children learn reading skills and the fundamentals of how
                       books work. Children should understand that:
                      Books move from front to back
                      Words explain the pictures in the book
                      Text moves from left to right across the page
                  Books have a title and an author



               For more activities, visit www.readfortherecord.org
                                                                                              This activity works best with:
                                                                                                 INDIVIDUAL CHILD
                                                                                                 SMALL GROUPS
                                                                                                 CLASSROOMS/LIBRARIES
                                                                                                 ACTIVITY STATIONS AT LARGE
                                                                                                  EVENTS

  Where is Corduroy‟s Button?                                                                 Preparation Time: LOW
                                                                                              Materials: $


               After reading the story Corduroy, children are asked to consider
OVERVIEW       where Corduroy‟s lost button has gone. They will create a picture
               to show where the button is.

                                                                                                   This activity was
               MATERIALS:
MATERIALS &         Drawing paper                                                                 created by Kerri
PREPARATION         Crayons                                                                       Osborne, Southern
                    Markers
                    Glue
                                                                                                   Regional Program
                    Various buttons                                                               Director at Jumpstart.
                                                                                                                                  .
               PREPARATION:
               Organize the work area so that children have access to all of the materials.


                       Ask the children if they have ever lost a button off of their clothing.
INTRODUCTION           Remind the children that Corduroy‟s overalls were missing a button. Ask the children to think about
                        where the button went.
                       Tell the children that they will get to draw a picture of Corduroy‟s lost button and share their story.



                       Each child takes a piece of paper and whatever writing materials that they would like to use. Children
ACTIVITY                can draw a picture of where the missing button has gone.
                       Children can then glue a button onto their picture.
                       Children can write their names on the paper.
                       Children can also write where the button has gone.
                       Adults nearby can assist younger children who are unable to write by writing the children‟s thoughts
                        for them on the page.



                       Ask the children where Corduroy looked for his button in the story.
TIPS FOR               Ask the children to tell you about a time that they lost something and how they tried to find it.
CONVERSATION            Engage the child in a conversation on what they are drawing.
                       Encourage the child to share how Corduroy‟s button ended up in that location.



                       Drawing pictures related to a story helps children to develop reading comprehension skills.
LEARNING               Children are also engaged in creative thinking and problem solving.
CONNECTION             Children‟s writing skills are developed through drawing and writing their ideas.
                       Drawing, tracing, writing, cutting, and gluing help to develop fine motor skills and eye-hand
                        coordination.
                       Children‟s language will develop through shared conversations and reading.




               For more activities, visit www.readfortherecord.org

				
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