Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure is about to take flight into the world!
In the meantime, I am working on a teacher’s guide and some fun extras to go along with Aah! Blown Away, Crash!
The story itself is told in alphabetical order and has only one to three words per page. So, the entire story has less than forty words.
Even though the story doesn’t have many words, I feel the character’s personality shines through the illustrations and his actions.
Here is his biography found in the back of the book:
Finch is a comical character who gets Blown away by the wind and Crashes on a Deserted island. As he struggles with trying to figure out how to get off the island, he keeps getting scared of…his shadow.
So, it only made sense to have shadow puppets as one of the fun extras to go along with Aah! Blown Away, Crash!
My daughter and I created these printables, which you may now download for free. The shadow puppets include a tree, a cloud, and Finch.
I printed my own set out on cardstock, which is definitely more stable (and durable) than regular computer paper.
Once they were printed, I cut them out. Little ones might be able to cut out the cloud, but Finch and the leaves on the tree are more challenging.
Then, I taped straws I had on to the backs of each of them. Craft sticks should work, too.
Finally, my daughters and I had a photoshoot with them. We went into a dark room and shined a flashlight at the puppets to create shadows on the wall.
My daughters positioned the cloud so that it looked like the deserted island.
These shadow puppets can also be used to act out the story as it is being read. They would also go great with a study on shadows!
Well, that’s it for today. What fun extra should I create next?
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