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Miffy, the timeless fluffy rabbit, needs help tending to the carrots in her garden! We love that the youngest of readers can become participants in this charming multimodal eBook.
Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.
- Talk about vegetables and where they come from. Ask your child to name as many vegetables as he/she can.
- Explain to your child that this app lets readers become part of the story by helping Miffy with different tasks. Encourage your child to explore the interactive features of this app.
Help your child get the most out of this app experience by trying the following activities.
Discuss new vocabulary heard in the app, such as:
Talk about the life cycle of a plant. Keep it simple: Talk about how a seed needs dirt, water, and sunlight before it sprouts into a seedling. The seedling continues to grow with frequent watering and sunlight, eventually becoming a full grown plant. If your child is older, you may also want to talk about how some plants flower and get pollinated by bees and other plants. From there, new seeds form and fall to the ground, cycling back to the beginning!
Encourage your child to play the games within the app. The shadow game is particularly fun, as it gives children a chance to strengthen their visual discrimination skills. Another great activity is to have your child record his/her own reading of Miffy’s Garden to share with a friend or family member.
Extend the app experience with these real life activities.
- Buy a package of seeds, plant a few in small plastic cups or pots, and observe how they grow.
- Read the book Food Play by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers. This eye-catching book is full of photographs of carved fruits and vegetables. You and your child will share a lot of laughs while reading this playful book!
- Take a trip to a nearby community, children’s, or botanical garden. Check out the garden’s website before you visit; many places conduct special hands-on activities designed just for young gardeners.
- Give your child permission to play with his/her food! Follow the directions on sheknows.com to create a vegetable sculpture using tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, and ranch dressing. Who knew art could be so delicious?