I know, right? What could be more fun, anyway, than reading, 'We're going on a Croc Hunt?' It's a great book and if you haven't yet read it to your grandkids, you're in for a treat.
It's a beautifully illustrated book.
It's a wonderful re-imagining of the well-known story, 'We're going on a bear hunt.' The illustrations are vibrant and fun... and the creatures are all Australian native animals. There is even a version that includes a CD sing-a-long with jazzy music.
For an added bit of fun, there is a crocodile hidden on each page that your kids can try and find. (Some of them are really tricky and you might have to give some hints..... if you can find them. :)
But don't stop there!
Make the story really 'live' for your kids. How about going on a croc hunt with your kids?
What will you need?
Well, a stick with a flag could be useful on your hunt. Your grandkids could draw a crocodile on a piece of calico. Then you can knot it to your stick. Perhaps make one for each child.
A headband with some leaves and feathers would certainly add some excitement. For some additional atmosphere, how about some face paint? Some of the characters in the story decorated their faces with stripes of muddy coloured war-paint.
When everyone is ready, tramp outside chanting, "We're going on a croc hunt. We're going to find a big one. I'm not afraid. We're as brave as brave can be."
Bring the excitement indoors
Create a nature tray for your indoors croc hunt. You'll need a large tray, of course.
Add a shallow bowl and some grass for the wet, reedy waterhole. Next, the intrepid croc hunters had to cross the hot, trickly sand so add some sand.
Rocks came next.. so include a handful of rocks to climb over. And then some spiky leaves and twigs for the spiky, brown scrub.
Give each child a plastic animal to take across this tray of varied environments while you read the story to them again.
Present a puppet show
Download and print these free images on light card. (Click on each to find the link)
Cut out each. Add a small loop of card to the back of each image so that your kids can slip their fingers inside the loop as a finger puppet.
Encourage them to tell the story with their finger puppets. You'll be surprised how creative they can be.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.