Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny series enjoys great popularity among preschoolers and their parents alike. In Knuffle Bunny Too, Trixie cannot wait to share her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny with her entire class. But when she arrives at school, she is shocked to find that her classmate, Sonja, has a Knuffle Bunny, too. Eventually, Trixie comes to realise that she and Sonja might just have more in common than a stuffed friend. Knuffle Bunny Too offers preschool children an opportunity to learn about concepts like uniqueness and being able to change one's mind. Such books also offer a chance to teach math concepts like counting and telling time.
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Same and Different
While both Trixie and Sonja had the "same" Knuffle Bunny, the bunnies were also different from each other. Offer each child a piece of paper and some crayons, and ask them all to draw pictures of Knuffle Bunny. When they are finished, discuss how each picture is the same (they all have long ears, etc.) and how each picture is different. Stress that every child's picture is unique, but none are better or worse than the rest; they are just different. Ask the group about how are people the same and different from each other.
Ask the children to make a timeline of events that occurred in the Knuffle Bunny Too story, and to match it up with clock times. What time was it when Trixie first realised she had the wrong Knuffle Bunny? When she went to switch bunnies with Sonja? Have the children draw a picture of what they usually do at a particular "clock time" that is significant to the story.
Trixie eventually realised that she and Sonja would make great friends. Encourage children to imagine how the children made some of their friends. Ask them to tell the story, either by writing it out or drawing a picture to illustrate it. Were they friends right away, or did they need to overcome some not-happy feelings about the other person first? Have each child take a turn narrating the story of their friendship to the group.
There are lots of opportunities for counting activities in Knuffle Bunny Too. Among the things you can have students count: how many classmates Trixie is going to show her Knuffle Bunny to, how many times they can count both Knuffle Bunnies in the book, and even, if everyone in the group had his or her very own Knuffle Bunny, how many bunny ears, legs, tails there would be.
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