When Claymates by Dev Petty and illustrated by Lauren Eldridge arrived at the library, all the Youth Services staff loved it. Then, I used it at a program for Kindergarten – 2nd graders. They loved it even more. This summer, I’ll share it with 3rd-5th graders. I should warn the library staff before the program. I know the kids will scream with laughter while I read the book. When I share the book trailer video, there will probably be a noise complaint from the apartments across the street.
The activity for this book was fun. We viewed this Book Chat first.
Then, each child received a paper plate with a generous pinch of two colors of play dough and googly eyes. They were encouraged to create characters. Around ten minutes later, toothpicks were added to the mix. Ten minutes after the toothpick distribution, colorful plastic straws and scissors to cut the straws were placed on the tables for use. They spent half an hour molding a variety of creatures. The parents loved this program as much as the children. Many asked if there were extra materials so they could participate. Parents and children alike created their very own Claymates.