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BLAST Early Learning
The Perfect Dog For Me

Books:

Bark, GeorgeBark, George by Jules Feiffer

George is a puppy who does not sound like a puppy should, despite the efforts of his mother.

 

Please, Puppy, PleasePlease, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee

Two toddlers have fun with their puppy.

 

 

The Dog From Arf! To ZzzzzzThe Dog From Arf! To Zzzzzz

by The Dog Artist Collection

The dogs in this book are unlike any dogs you have ever seen. Who can resist page after page of these adorable pups?

 

Rhyme:

Five Little Puppies

Five little puppies were playing in the sun.
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run.
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race.
This one saw a cat, and he began to chase.
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round and round.
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound.

 

Song:

Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?

Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
For his ears are short and his tail is long,
Oh where, oh where can he be

 

Vocabulary Word:

Fetch: v. To go and get something.

Example: "Fetch me the ball."
(taken from Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee & Tonya Lewis Lee)

 

Activities:

"If I Could Have A Pet" Game

Have children think of a pet they have or would like to have. Then have them take turns pretending to be that pet. A child pretending to be a bird might flap her arms and pretend to fly, etc. The other children guess what kind of pet.

Give the Dog a Bath: A Relay Game

Divide into teams. Have the same items for each: rubber gloves, raincoat, poncho or garbage bag with holes cut in it for head and arms to go through, empty shampoo bottle, scrubbing brush and towel. Players must run to the pile of items and put on the rubber gloves and raincoat, drape the towel around their shoulders, and balance the brush on their heads and carry the shampoo bottle back to their team.

Paint Like A Dog

Supply the students with paint and paper and have them paint like a dog might paint.

Dog and Bone Hide and Seek

Have all the students hide their eyes while you "hide" the bone in the room (to be easily found by the students). Then tell the children to pretend to be dogs and find their bone, but not to touch it. Once they spot it, they should sit down on their spot. The first one to spot it will get to hide the bone the next time.

 

Literature:

Hondo & FabianHondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty

Hondo the dog gets to go to the beach and play with his friend Fred, while Fabian the cat spends the day at home.

 

Dear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience SchoolDear Mrs. Larue: Letters From Obedience School
by Mark Teague

Gertrude LaRue receives typewritten and paw-written letters from her dog Ike, entreating her to let him leave the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy and come back home.

 

Arf! Beg! Catch! : Dogs From A to ZArf! Beg! Catch! : Dogs From A to Z by Henry Horenstein

Labeled illustrations present words related in some way to dogs.

 

The Stray DogThe Stray Dog by Marc Simont

A family befriends a stray dog, names him Willy, and decides to keep him.

 

Pick a PetPick A Pet by Diane Namm

Choosing a pet as her birthday gift proves to be difficult for a young girl as she and her parents visit a zoo, a farm-animal petting zoo, and a pet store searching for the very best animal friend.

 

DogsDogs by Gail Gibbons

An introduction to dogs including their history, types of breeds, senses, and ways of communication.

 

 

DogsDogs by Seymour Simon

Provides a basic introduction to the physical characteristics and behavior of dogs.