Monday, January 14, 2013

PeeWees: Harry the Dirty Dog (week 1)

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Synopsis:  Harry is a white dog with black spots who likes everything except getting a bath.  When he hears the water running, he buries the scrubbing brush in the back yard and runs away from home.  He plays in a variety of places, always getting dirty, and dirtier at each.  He becomes so dirty he is a black dog with white spots.  When he becomes tired and hungry, and goes home, his family doesn't recognize him.  He tries his old tricks but they don't think it can be him.  Then he remembers the scrubbing brush, digs it out, runs to the bathtub, and they give him a bath, realizing of course that he is, indeed, Harry.

Concepts: black/white, dirty/clean, baths, dogs, dog tricks, road construction, railroads & trains, pets, family, doghouse, home, bubbles, running, soap, tired/hungry, washing

Arrival:  We played with our wooden train track set (Harry visits a railroad as one place he gets dirty).  I've noticed Poppy and Bodie like to play with this when it's just them, so I hoped all the PeeWees would like it, and they did, though there was a little bickering about the train cars - there's never enough things like that to go around, but eventually they cooperated. 

Circle Time:  "Stand Up" song, ABC's, then counting.  I had a bucket of plastic dogs that we lined up and counted several times - first, to 20, then we each took two, and lined them up several times, counting up to 10 each time.  I could tell they wanted to play more with those dogs so that will probably be our arrival activity next week. 
Book:  Harry has been Poppy's favorite book for many months now.  One time a few months ago I was at Unique and I saw a white dog with black spots stuffed animal, so I picked it up on a whim, washed it, and when Poppy saw it, she cried, "It's Harry!"  Just like in the book.  She loves that dog sooo much.

So the next few times I went to Unique I kept my eyes peeled and picked up more Harry dogs (and washed them thoroughly) for the PeeWees.  Which led me to putting together prop bags for the book.

Every PeeWee got a prop bag before we read the book, and I told them they could open them, look through them, pull stuff out, etc.  It was like Christmas!  They were so excited!  After they'd looked through everything, I had them put it all back in the bag, except for their Harry dogs, and we started the book. 

For every page, there was either a prop for them to pull out, or an action for them to do.  (The lying down picture is them playing dead.)  It took a long time to get through the book that way, but they were hanging on my every word, waiting for the next thing to do, so that was fun.  In each bag was a Harry dog, a brush (for the scrubbing brush), a hard hat, a toy train, another dog, a shovel (for the coal chute page), and a toy fence.  We are definitely doing the bags next week, probably more than once.
"He played where they were fixing the street, and got very dirty."

"He rolled over, and played dead."
 Snack:  Julia and Henry brought cupcakes for H's birthday on Friday, so we put 3 candles in his cupcake, and sang "Happy Birthday" and he blew them out with a very strong "fffffffff!"  I was impressed.  Bodie wanted candles, too, but I explained only the birthday boy gets candles.  I felt a little bad because he gave me a look, like, "c'mon, it's just candles."  But I moved us on by giving water and grapes and unwrapping their cupcakes.

After snack, I could tell they were wiggly, so I ran them around the house to "Who Let the Dogs Out", which they still remember perfectly from Lisa's first lesson.  Running to music remains their favorite activity of all time at my house.  Which of course is the one activity that requires no work or planning on my part.  One of these days I'm going to start with music and running, and just see how long they will go with it before getting tired.  I've never reached their limit yet.  They also spontaneously added dog-piling in the living room to the rotation every time they came around, which gave me a chuckle because of the unintentional thematic tie-in.  I noticed they were pretty careful with each other, though, while they did it, so I didn't intervene.

Art: "Dirty Harry" painting -  I explained that Harry was on the white paper, but he was so clean and white we couldn't see him - we had to get the whole paper dirty with paint before he would show up.  (I had previously drawn Harry in thick white crayon.)  They caught on quickly, especially once they started to see part of him.  Poppy yelled, "I got him dirty, and I see him!"  My one regret, I wish I had done this on watercolor paper - it was very watery painting, and watercolor paper could have handled it better, but live and learn.  I think they liked the painting, and we kept saying, "Yeah, get him dirty!"

Activity:  Cookies - Poppy and I had fun hunting down a dog cutter in the bins at Sur La Table.  It was a pretty straightforward activity with white frosting and mini chocolate chips for black spots.  I thought about also having chocolate frosting and white chocolate chips for the negative effect, but this was enough.  Frosting is kind of hard with plastic knives.  I had the thought, I wish I had a small offset spatula for each of them, I think that would be easier.  Piling all the chocolate chips in a huge pile in the middle was pretty popular.

The cupcake eating and cookie frosting took longer than I expected, but I just let them go as long as they wanted because they were having a good time.  So we didn't do my third activity nor my backup activity, but there's always next week.  I was going to do Trashy Town next week, but there is still so much we can do with Harry, we are sticking with him.  

They asked to do music again, no surprise, so I made them sit through one more quick reading of the book, then music, instruments and running until the moms came. 

After everyone left I told Poppy it was time for lunch.  "No," she said, "I need some time to play with my dogs."  So she did this for about 15 minutes.  Then she was ready for lunch.
Please notice her "Harry the Dirty Dog" shirt she wore just for the occasion.  I also wore a black-with-white-spots bow in my hair.


kat said...

why oh why am i not your neighbor?! :(

cherry said...

hi Kari! HOw are you? IS the kyounc@yahoo still active? I sent you an email there but i think i remember you sending a new one, let me know!! Happy New year. Geri and Shelley couldn't believe how big your girls are now.

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