Visiting the library is one way we have been beating the heat this week! While we were there a few days ago, my three year old saw a poster of Kipper and got VERY excited (he just started watching the show a few weeks ago). We headed to the bookshelves searching for as many Kipper books as possible. There must be lots of fans of Kipper in our town because there were a LOT of books that had already been checked out. We were able to find a few and we went home to read them right away.
One of our favorites was Hissss! by Mick Inkpen. It was the perfect book to be read on a very hot day!
In Hisss! Kipper wants to go swimming in his wading pool. He finds the pool in the closet, but toys fall on his head and he needs a band aid. Kipper blows up the pool, fills it with water, and heads out for ice cream. When he comes home he finds a puddle of water and also a hissing noise coming from his pool. He quickly fixes the hole in the pool using something "close at hand" and fills it up again so that he can enjoy the hot weather. We read three Kipper books when we got home and we found each and every one of them charming!
Kipper is such an adorable little dog, we needed to make something with his friendly little face. We chose to make a puppet, very similar to our Chewy Louie puppet!
To make our puppet we needed white, orange, and brown paper, a black marker, glue, a paper bag, and 2 craft sticks. First, I cut out some shapes to make the puppet. I also traced them for my six year old.
My six year old cut out the shapes while my three year old and I glued his puppet together and onto the paper bag.
Once most of the puppet was together, they drew adorable faces!
We then left the house a mess to go play at the pool for a couple of hours!
When we got back, we put the arms on the puppet, but his arms were not standing up! We added a small craft stick to the back and it worked out perfectly!
My three year old finished first and once my six year old saw it, he was anxious to get off of the iPad and finish his puppet.
After we made the puppet the boys ran downstairs to put on a puppet show. We all practiced our English accents and came up with silly story lines that included not one, but two Kippers. We even added Chewy Louie to the line up!
We have become big fans of puppets in this house! I love that they require time to make them AND time to play with them!
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