Saturday, August 24, 2019

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas - Flannel - Extension Activities - Share and Sell

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas
by Aaron Blabey

Another great book by Aaron Blabey!

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This book is fantastically funny and fantastic for rhyming, spelling, and vocabulary extension activities.  I am lucky enough to currently instruct in a preschool classroom and work with smaller groups (17 children), but all these activities can be tweaked to work with any size group.

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas- Amazon
Everyone knows that piranhas don't eat bananas -- except for Brian. This little fish loves to munch not only on bananas, but on fruit of all kinds! Brian's piranha friends think he's crazy. Piranhas don't eat bananas -- their sharp teeth are for eating meat! And there's a scrumptious pair of feet dangling in the water nearby...

I made Brian the Piranha with a pouch behind his mouth
to hold either index cards, flannel fruit, or fake fruit 
(the fake has to be hollow and light for the flannel to hold it up)

I played this game with my preschoolers two ways. 

1) I gave them all a fake fruit (I have a cornucopia) and they held on to them until I described the physical characteristics of the fruit and brought it up and put it in a bag.

2) I gave them all a fake fruit and then used my index cards to sound out the fruit name (the beginning letter and written word are on the other side), flipped it over to show the picture, put it in Brian's mouth, and then they brought up the fruit

If you don't  have play fruits, you can (or I can) make flannel fruits for this matching game

Since this is a rhyming book, this flannel also works as a rhyming game.  I held up one index card (ex. blocks) and the child with the matching word (socks) would bring up their card and we'd both put our index cards in Brian's mouth.

I played this game with my 3rd graders class too.  But we chanted:

Brian ate a fruit
It was a hoot!
Who can spell this fruit!?

Then I held up the fake fruit and a student had to name it and spell it and then put the corresponding index card in Brian's mouth.

BTW Brain likes plumbs, but the other piranhas like BUMS, so the silliness translates well to older kids too.