May 8, 2012

"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" Book Activity

It's Children's Book week 2012, and most of my children's books are packed away so the house will look less cluttered because we are trying to sell it.  It's very sad.  There are probably about 25 boxes of books feeling lonely in our storage unit, wondering when someone will come read them again.  So sad.  I did keep out some of our favorites, and I know there are these places called libraries where you can borrow books, but I miss my collection.

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"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" by Judi Barrett is one that we still have out, so we used it for an activity today.  I invited the kids to come to snack time in the afternoon, but told them to sit at the table and listen to a book first.  We read the book, and then I told the kids that we were going to pretend we lived in the book's town called Chewandswallow.  Maren looked incredulously at me and said "Mom, you're not really going to throw food at us, are you?"  Heeheehee.  

I had the kids sit on the fireplace, and then one at a time they got stand up and catch their snack in a plastic strainer, pretending their snack was falling from the sky.  I stood on the couch and tossed the food.  

I hade made popcorn, but it was too hard for the kids to catch, so we didn't use it.  I tossed handfuls of goldfish crackers, mini graham crackers, marshmallows (which were the easiest to catch), a few m&ms, and some Hershey's Kisses I had found in the cupboard. 

The kids thought this was a great activity, but it also made a bit of a mess on the floor.  After each turn they pretended to be the sanitation department and pick up all the food they hadn't caught.  

After their turn was done, they poured their snack mixture into a paper bag and ate it for snack while watching Word Girl.  

(Maren just got her braces off last monday, so she can eat popcorn again.
She's very excited about that.)

Then we talked about whether or not we thought it would be fun if food always fell from the sky.  We decided it wouldn't, but it was fun once in a while.


  1. I love this, such a great idea. I hope you'll stop by and add this and any other posts you're proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore and Made Link party


  2. Oh WOW! Such fun! This is one that you could do over and over again! Love it, thanks for sharing. I suspect my kids will also thank you! (And added bonus, they are hopeless at catching, I think this might help! Food is always a motivator.)

  3. This looks like great fun. I have a feeling JDaniel would love to snack between rounds.

    Thank you so much for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.