The book A Bad Case of Stripes has long been a favourite. In it, Camilla Cream gets a bad case of stripes because she doesn’t want to stand out, so she won’t admit to liking lima beans. The illustrations are great, the story is fun, and there is an opportunity for discussions afterwards on things such as bullying and being yourself.
After reading this book again to the kids, we did a few activities. They had a lot of fun! I think they especially enjoyed what we did to correlate to this book because we’ve read it so many times over the years that it’s familiar to them.
They especially got a kick out of this:
I printed out a picture of each of them and they gave themselves a bad case of stripes using markers. This is Snuggle Puppy’s finished work.
We also had a muffin tin lunch to go with the theme. Only a few things go with it as I just threw it together, but the kids liked it anyway and they all tried the lima beans. Some liked them, some did not!
-striped fruit roll up
-chocolate zucchini cake
-and of course, LIMA BEANS!
We had a discussion about the things that make us unique and how we should be proud of those things, not embarrassed about them. The kids talked about their feelings when they have been made fun of for being different. Then I had them each make an outline of themselves and in it, draw pictures of write words of things that they like. This is Miss Optimism’s. In case you can’t tell, that is a horse, a coconut, and an eggplant. She also added wavy hair and green eyes as other things that make her unique.
Jamie @ See Jamie Blog says
Wonderful, creative study! I’ve never read that book but sounds fun. 🙂
That is really wonderful. I will have to look up that book.
JDaniel4's Mom says
I love how you focused on what made each one special. What a wonderful activity. I love the stripes too.
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We LOVE this book in our home and when I was teaching preschool it was always a class favorite. Great activities. I look forward to looking around your blog some more.
Vanja @Emma's Lunch says
I love what you’ve done with your tin and I love how its connected to a book theme. Its a great learning opportunity. Your family is beautiful.
Thank you so much!
I love the drawing at the end showing how she is unique. Of course the face painting is really cute.
I love the muffin tin. Great way to connect to the book. I also have been connecting my books to my muffin tins as we are doing Five in a Row this year. Though this week we didn’t .
Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! says
Wow! This book is one of our family favorites, and I love how you made the story interactive. Love, love, love your Muffin Tin Monday meal. Risking a bad case of stripes, I will have to say that I truly dislike lima beans. 😉
Love this book and the tin is perfect!
So cute! I don’t know this book. I am going to check it out at the library tomorrow! I am starting a Linky Party if you want to link up at http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2011/10/first-ever-linky-party.html
Miss Courtney says
I thought the pic was face painting! The picture is a cute keepsake, though.
Jennifer Fraunfelder says
neat ideas. I have never heard of this book before. I will have to add it to our library list for this weekend.
It’s one of our favourites…let me know what you think after you’ve read it!