We did some activities to correspond with the books and reinforce the concepts of filling the buckets of others which also helps to fill our own.
After I read the kids Have you Filled a Bucket Today?, we talked about the concepts a bit and then I had each of the kids decorate a plastic bucket. They used Sharpies, googly eyes and eye stickers. They also coloured a small bucket using a sheet that I had printed out from here and added their name and then glued that onto the other side of their bucket.
Using the whiteboard, we brainstormed ideas for how we could be bucket fillers and things that would be considered bucket dippers. I think this was a good exercise for those of my kids who are visual learners.
The kids filled out different activity sheets corresponding to the books…questionnaires, word puzzles, coloring pages and affirmations. I also printed off certificates to give them for the end of the week after they had practised their “bucket filling” every day.
Big Disclaimer to Moms:
I had many moments when I regretted reading this book to the kids as some days, it seemed to just become a new way of tattling or a new insult as cries of, “she dipped my bucket” and accusations of “you dipped my bucket like 5 times today…you are the worst Bucket Dipper” roared through the house. I do think that it was a good concept to introduce them to, but we have a lot more work to do on working on personal accountability before this makes a difference in our home!
This is a list of where I found my free printables for this book:
Activities for Fancy Nancy (great for vocabulary!)