Tell Me a Story Tuesday – If You Give A Pig A Pancake

Tell Me a Story Tuesday is a day we celebrate children’s literature.  I pick one story to read with the kids, and then throughout the day we do activities inspired by that particular story.  Last week my daughter and I read the story, “If You Give A Pig A Pancake” by Laura Numeroff.  Here is a look at our day.


After breakfast we read the story (several times) together.


Find the Pig Game


We have the stuffed pig based on the story, but you can use any stuffed pig.  Faith and I took turns hiding the pig in the room, and the other one had to find it.  We worked on not peeking and giving word clues where to hunt.  She had a lot of fun.


Pig Craft and Game Time


We made about 5 pig balloons (like pictured above found on A Mommy’s Adventures blog) to use in our game time.  At first we just tried to keep one pig up in the air, then 2, 3, 4, and then we tried to get all of the pigs up in the air at the same time.


Pancakes for Lunch


Since the story was about pancakes, we decided to have pancakes, bacon, and juice for lunch.  Here is a quick, 2 ingredient recipe for pancakes from Totally the Bomb. Then Faith and I decorated our pancakes with Nutella, blueberries, strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate chips.  She had a great time making a pancake creation.


Flipping Pancakes


Faith loves getting her whole body into activities so we came up with our Flipping Pancakes activity.  Before our special day, I made some Pancake_Cards.  We laid the cards out in a path around the house.  Then Faith took a pancake flipper (I gave her a spatula from the kitchen) and we started walking the path.  When we got to a pancake, she used her flipper to flip the pancake and see what color was on the card.  Then we did the following action for that color:

  • Red – Jump up and down 5 times
  • Orange – Spin around in circles and count to 2
  • Yellow – Run in place and count to 6
  • Green – Bend down and touch your toes 4 times
  • Blue – Hop on 1 foot
  • Purple – Stretch up as high as you can and count to 3
  • Rainbow – Do a silly dance

We continued around the house until we reached the end of the path (or until she got tired).


Telling Stories


For the rest of the afternoon we relaxed and read other stories about pancakes and pigs.

  • The Runaway Pancake (an old family book)
  • Pancakes Pancakes by Eric Carle
  • The Three Little Pigs (any and all versions we can find in our collection)
  • Geraldine’s Blanket by Holly Keller


Do you have a favorite story that inspired a day of fun?

Have a Great Week!