Wordcraft: G is for Goat

Sometimes…I wonder if Wordcraft is for my little kids or the little kid in DH… 😉

After the kids were done with the craft (read: started complaining about glue on their sticky fingers), DH still wasn’t satisfied with the way it looked until he had cut and added some more grass at the goat’s feet and in its mouth.  🙂

You will need the following materials: Coloured paper in assorted shades (we chose brown, green and orange), scissors, glue, and  googly eyes (oh, the treasures we find in a forgotten stationery box when packing from the old home! 😀 ).

1. Cut out the letters G O A T from the brown coloured paper, in the pattern sketched on the magnetic doodle board.

2. Cut out some green grass as well.

3. Paste on the letters, and the grass, and finally the googly eye.

4. If the kid in you can’t resist, add on more details as you see fit. 😉

Extended Activity:

Some suggestions for fun (and funny!) books about goats that you can read together as a family.

1. Goats Don’t Dance – written by Alicia Potter, illustrated by Ethan Long. Publisher: Scholastic

Synopsis: George the goat loves to dance. For him, there is nothing more thrilling than hearing the clippity-clop of his hooves.

But when the other goats snicker and snort at him, he decides to find his own herd.

Full of hope, George sets off on his quest making two musical friends along the way. Soon George begins to wonder if he will ever find his herd, until he realises they have been with him all along…

2. The Three Billy Goats Gruff – originally a Norwegian fairy tale (De tre bukkene Bruse) first published between 1841 and 1844, collected by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe in their Norske Folkeeventyr.

If you’ve read the classic and are looking for a fresh twist on the story, try The Troll, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by David Roberts.

Synopsis: All the Troll really wants is to have a nice juicy goat for supper, but all he gets is fish, fish, fish from his river. Boring!

Meanwhile, Hank Chief and his pirate crew love fish, but none of them are able to cook a decent fish dinner. Their only hope is to find the buried treasure they’re seeking so they can have money to pay for a ship’s cook. 

Watch the fun unfold as these two different worlds collide in a hilariously comic ending.


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