Don’t Be Silly Mrs. Millie by Judy Cox
The school year is starting again, and we hope your children are enjoying their new teachers! Our book for the week celebrates the silly teachers in our lives. Don’t Be Silly Mrs. Millie by Judy Cox is a book about a kindergarten teacher who has a lot of fun teasing her class by using the wrong words while giving directions. She tells them to hang up their goats, eat gorilla cheese sandwiches, and wear their bats and kittens when they go outside for recess. It’s a fun book full of laughs that also tests your young reader’s listening, reading, and vocabulary skills.
We selected a few activities to do with our young readers. In our experience, one or two activities are enough to keep your child engaged after the story. So, we recommend that you only pick one or two activities listed.
Book and Activity Benefits:
- Listening Skills
- Vocabulary Identification/Testing
- Practice Cutting
- Following Instructions
- Movement and Strength
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Laughing (Laughing is important for everyone)!
- Hole punch
- Sticker maker or glue. We use the Xyron Create-a-sticker Machine Max
- Printable Bookmark Page
- Print the Bookmark Page on white paper or white cardstock. For instructions with pictures, Click Here.
- Cut out the bookmark and penguin pictures.
- Skip steps 3 and 4 if you are using glue instead of a sticker maker. Insert your penguin pictures into the sticker maker feed tray and turn the knob to feed it through the sticker maker. Tear off your stickers from the sticker maker machine.
- Peel the penguin shapes away from the sticky paper and turn both sides sticky side up with the non-sticky side facing the table.
- Have children place the stickers onto the bookmark. If you do not have a sticker maker, you can glue them to the bookmark.
- If you want to make your bookmark even stronger, you can laminate the bookmark with a laminating machine. We use the Amazon Basics Thermal Laminator.
- Punch a hole in the top of the bookmark with the hole punch.
- Thread the string, yarn or ribbon through the hole and tie it in a knot.
This idea was originally found at creativekidscrafts.wordpress.com.
- Pack of new pencils (or use pencils you already have)
- Pen to draw with (you will use this to trace the shapes onto the foam)
- Craft foam
- Pipe cleaners
- Movable/googly eyes (All sizes. Kids love googly eyes. Save the rest for other crafts!)
- Small pink pom-poms (If you get lots of colors, you can save the rest for other crafts!)
- Black marker or paint pen
- White paint pen
- Sticker maker. If you don’t have a sticker maker, you can use glue. We used the Xyron Create-a-Sticker Machine Max.
- Pencil topper patterns
- Print the Pencil topper patterns onto card stock. For instructions with pictures, Click Here.
- Cut out the pencil topper patterns.
- Trace the pencil topper patterns onto the foam color of your choice once. Fold the foam in half and cut around the pattern. This will make two pieces the same size.
- Line the two pieces up. Take the top piece and flip it over, so the bottom side of it is facing up. This will make the pieces align when you put them back together.
- Insert one of your cut out foam patterns into the sticker maker feed tray and turn the knob to feed it through the sticker maker. Tear off your first sticker and repeat with all remaining pencil toppers.
- Peel the foam shapes away from the sticky paper and turn both sides sticky side up (non-sticky side facing the table). If you are using glue, add glue to each side that is facing up. Do not use a hot glue gun. It will melt the craft foam.
- Take one of the shapes and place the pipe cleaner in the center of the shape. Make sure you have enough of the pipe cleaner hanging down to wrap around the pencil when you are done making your pencil topper.
- Take the other shape and place it on top of the shape you put the pipe cleaner on (sticky sides together).
- Decorate your pencil topper. For the bat, add googly eyes and draw a smile with the white paint pen. For the cat, add googly eyes, a pink pom-pom for the nose, a pink triangle cut out of the foam for the mouth, and then draw on whiskers with the marker or paint pen.
- Wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil and enjoy your finished pencil topper!
Catch the Penguin
- Squishy penguin or any other soft toy for this game.
- Plastic Bowls
- Give each child a plastic bowl to hold in his or her hands.
- Set up the players’ starting distance. Have the children hold their arms straight out at a 90-degree angle. Instruct them to move in until the bowls are touching each other. This is their starting position.
- Next, tell the players to toss the squishy penguin from one bowl to another using only the bowls (no throwing with their hands)! Ready, set, go!
- If the child that isn’t tossing the Penguin catches the Penguin in the bowl, he or she takes a step backward.
- Play continues until the penguin is dropped.
- When played with just two people, the goal is to see how far you can get before dropping the Penguin. When played with more than two people, you can form teams and compete.
For our food, we made caramel apple nachos (since apples and teachers go together). We found the original recipe to be too sweet for us (and even our daughter), so we took the white chocolate and chocolate chips out. Perhaps you will love the original recipe better (and that is ok)! Our modified recipe is below. You can find the original recipe at Lil’ Luna.