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Press Here book activities

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At the library the other day, Bear and I stumbled upon the book Press Here by Herve Tullet.  it looked familiar and intriguing so we checked it out.  It’s already become one of our favorite books! since Bear was so into it, we decided to do some Press Here activities!

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Press Here is a fun book that encourages interaction of the reader to push the dots or turn the book different ways, which results in the dots moving.  Bear got the help of a little Lego man when we read the book (for about the 5th time in 2 days!)

I pulled out some of our craft pom-poms in red, yellow, and blue (just like the book) to practice patterns for math.  After I created the patterns, Bear’s task was to repeat the patterns.  I also started basic patterns like red blue red blue and then had him complete the pattern.
Then we sorted by colors.
For art, I provided materials for Bear to make a Press Here suncatcher using the main colors of the books.  I had hoped that the outcome would look similar to one of the pictures in the book where the primary color dots overlap to create secondary colors.  I didn’t have clear contact paper, so I gave him a laminating sleeve.  It held the tissue paper circles in place surprisingly well… due to static electricity, I’m guessing.
Laminating it worked quite well.  iId actually probably lean more towards this approach than the contact paper because of the clarity of the end result.  Do you see how the colors blended?
As we were reading the book for the first time, I realized where I had recognized the book from.  Awhile back I had read a Press Here book activity on Teach Preschool.  So I popped over there and got the inspiration for this last activity… book-making!  I prepared a blank book made out of 4 pieces of blank white paper folded in half and stapled together.  Then I set out the do-a-dots and bingo markers and let him create his book. 
After he was done, stamping, I let him dictate the captions on each page.  Most of the pages were along the same lines as the book “press the dots” etc.  except for the page shown above.  Bear got a bit distracted and told me to write “the tv is on.  the other one is on too.  where is the purple dot?’  I got quite a kick out of it.  And he loves being read it! 
Now run to your library or bookstore and buy this book, because it is that. good.

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Andie Jaye

Andie Jaye is a former preschool teacher turned stay-at-home mom of 3 kiddos. Her blog, Do.Play.Learn., (formerly named Crayon Freckles), focuses on creative learning and play ideas, as well as parenting topics. Andie strives to be honest in her approach and experiences in parenting to let other moms know that they are not alone in their struggle. In her free time, she writes children’s books in hopes of publishing someday.

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  1. Love this!!…all of it!!

    I just reserved the book at my library! Can't wait to read it with my 3 year old!!

  2. What an awesome book and such great activities to go along with it! Looking to see if your library has it now!

  3. So incredibly cute and colorful. You really need to be sharing all of these wonderful projects with more than just little G! You need to plop your beautiful self in to a women's shelter, or some place where children don't have the benefit of amazing creativity and freedom to just let their little minds have fun. I am just amazed with all of the projects you come up with!

  4. My kids love dot stamps….I love them too…making your own…amazing! 🙂

  5. I love all the tissue paper dots on the window. Lovely lovely lovely.

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  6. Such a great extension on the book. We will have to try these. Thanks for sharing. I am pinning this! Vicky from Mess For Less

  7. I really think the suncatchers are beautiful. And all of the activities fit the theme of the book so well. My kids love those bingo markers. I need to get some. I'm going to pin your suncatcher!

  8. Love these activities as well and another great book. Thank you for sharing them.

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