StoryWalk - We All Play
We All Play = Kimêtawânaw by Julie Flett
From hiding and hopping, to swimming and squirting, this book reminds readers how animals play just like we do. This picture book is based on the Cree teaching of wahkohtowin, interconnectedness and play, and includes the English and Cree names of the animals in the book, all of whom are from 'Turtle Island' (North America).
CONTINUE THE FUN
What Animals Can You Find?
There are lots of animals in this story – can you identify them all as you read? A list of animals in the book are appear at the end of the story, see how many you can identify! And then learn how to say their names in Cree!
When you go outside, what animals do you encounter? Can you see, hear, or smell evidence of animals that you do not see?
Let’s Play! Can you act like an animal?
Pretend to be an animal and friends/siblings/caregivers can guess what animal you are – what different ways can you pretend to be an animal? Can you move like your chosen animal or make sounds like that animal? Make sure the grown ups get in on the pretending fun too!
Rhyming is used in the story in paired action words for each animal. Practice rhyming different words together, either finding another word that fits the provided pair (e.g. “sniff,” “sneak,” and “snort”) or create new pairs using different sound groups to practice. Think about animals that are not included in the story - what words could be used to rhyme how these animals play?
Talk about how you like to play with your friends and family. Draw a picture of everyone playing together.
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