Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" is a popular classic in children's literature. The book lends itself to language art and creative activities. Studying the book is also a great reason to host your own Mad Hatter's tea party. With it's whimsical use of language, "Alice in Wonderland" can be used to encourage reluctant writers to pick up a pen.
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Alice in Wonderland is known for it's playful use of language and poetry. Pick out some of the more fanciful words in the book and have your students try to decipher them. Have students start an Alice journal and write paragraphs using these words. Use the poetry in the book as a starting point for writing their own poetry. Have students draw literal pictures of the poems depictions and talk about figurative meaning.
Have your students pretend that their school is Wonderland. Start by imagining what it might be like if someone from Wonderland fell through a hole into their classroom. What might they think of the people they'd encounter at the school, or the everyday things your students do each day. Let each student characterise themselves, adding funny or bizarre details. Help students write a skit to perform about their Wonderland school.
Have a Tea Party
The Mad Hatter's tea party is one of the most memorable parts of "Alice in Wonderland." Help your child plan their own mad tea party for a birthday, or an "un-birthday" just like in the book. Ask guests to make or bring crazy hats to wear. Edible tea cups are a tasty party favour and activity. Use a sharp knife to cut the bottoms off of ice cream cones. The tops make great tea cups. Cake frosting can be used to glue on a cookie base and candy decorations.
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