Corduroy is toy bear who always wanted a friend. This children’s classic takes readers along Corduroy’s adventure through a department store – and lets them discover if Corduroy’s wish finally comes true.
Author/Illustrator: Don Freeman
This story of friendship and acceptance is a favorite in our house and also holds a spot on the National Education Association “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”
Themes in this book include the importance of friendship, belonging, and simple values. For example, Lisa loves Corduroy despite his missing button, and Corduroy is happiest in Lisa’s home even though its smaller than the big department store. The messages in this book remain as relevant today as they were when Corduroy debuted in 1968.
Draw: Have your kids draw a picture of their best friend(s) and talk about what your kids like most about their friends. (Friends can be human, four-legged, stuffed, imaginary, etc.)
Play: Create a department store in your house and “buy” things from your kids using play money. Then switch roles and let your kids be the customers. It only take a few moments to prepare this activity by printing this play money from Activity Village and these price tags from Tim and Evall.
Problem solve: Give your kids two containers and a spoon. Ask your kids to think of all the ways they can transfer the buttons from one container to the other container. (Answers: with their fingers, using the spoon, pouring from one container to the other, etc.).
Learn with buttons:
- 1) String buttons on thread to make a necklace or decoration.
- 2) Ask your kids to think of the various ways to sort and categorize the buttons (i.e. size, color, number of holes, etc.). After sorting the buttons, count how many buttons are in each group.
- 3) Draw a bear on paper and glue buttons on his overalls, or use this free printable from Serving Pink Lemonade.
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