We've just finished reading Roald Dahl's "George's Marvellous Medicine".
In Roald Dahl's story, Mr Kranky wants to replicate George's marvellous medicine. However, before George can make more, Mr Kranky has to replenish the supplies in the house. George emptied everything out when he made the first batch of medicine the day before.
This extension activity for George's Marvellous Medicine encourages children to:
- Make choices (by selecting various items from junk mail/advertising material)
- Use finger motor skills and coordination involved in cutting with scissors
- Categorize (by placing each item in the house where they think it should be found, e.g., bathroom, garage, kitchen)
- Write & spell (as they record different items on their shopping list)
- Round up numbers (as children round the prices from catalogues to the nearest dollar)
- Add numbers (as they total the shopping list). Note: this part of the activity can be omitted if children are not ready to add numerous figures together.
To begin the activity, draw the Kranky Family's house on a large piece of paper. Show and label different rooms (e.g., kitchen, bathroom, pantry, bedroom, etc.)
Cut different items, along with their prices, out of advertising material/junk mail. Look for items which could be used to make a marvellous medicine, (e.g., lotions, sprays, oils and powders) just like George did. Include pictures of cooking oil, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.
Think about where you could find different items (e.g., toilet paper, salt, engine oil, etc) in the house. Paste the different items in appropriate rooms within the house.
Next, complete Mr Kranky's shopping list. Choose and record the name of one item from each room on the shopping list.
Round up the price of each item to the closest dollar. For example, $2.65 is rounded up to $3. Record the rounded dollar amount on the shopping list.
Finally, add up the total price of all the items on the shopping list. (Please note: this step can be eliminated if children are not ready to add up multiple numbers).
This activity is a great way to get children to round up numbers.
The only problem we experienced was with children being distracted by things in the advertising material. I suppose that means the advertising companies did their job well by drawing attention to the different items they were promoting. If you think this may be a problem, the alternative would be to pre-cut the items out.
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