Picture Book and Play is a weekly post in which we look at a picture book (or books) that Peapod’s been enjoying recently and some of the play we’ve had based on it.
So, yesterday morning, Peapod was playing in his tray, digging out buried letters with his builders when all of a sudden I hear “he’s run off with a tart!” which both cracked me up and made me worry slightly about what nursery are going to think this week…
However, after regaining my composure I hazarded (is that even a word?!) a guess that he was acting out the nursery rhyme in which the knave nicks the queen’s tarts and was correct (phew!)
So we found the rhyme and read it and talked about the pictures and who was doing what (‘the knave is stealing the tarts’ – “that’s not very kind!”)
Then I suggested we make some tarts too, an idea which was greeted with great enthusiasm! We used this BBC recipe (I had no idea how easy they were!) and Peapod enjoyed weighing, mixing, cutting and spooning out the mix…and of course eating them!
We put the left over dough in his tray with the cutters, rolling pin and some buttons, pom poms and shredded paper for toppings. He made a few, but really was more interested in being the knave stealing them and running off around the room while being chased!!
We also made a crown for the Queen of hearts to wear. Peapod helped pick out the red buttons and beads from the pots then cut the crown out (with a little help holding it) and decorated it.
And so we ended up having a great, impromptu Queen of Tarts inspired morning!
We read the rhyme in this book…
It has such a great selection of rhymes in, including both all the oft-repeated favourites as well as plenty of lesser known or forgotten classics.
All are brought to life brilliantly with full page (or double page) illustrations which Peapod loves to look at and talk about.
Does your little one have a favourite rhyme or book of rhymes?
What have you been reading or playing this week?