Product Review by Play Inspired Mum: Where's Spot Play Pack
We were excited to explore this popular book alongside our Where’s Spot Play Pack
The hum of the printer had curious girls running towards it to see what activities were ahead of them. In no time, the cut outs had been neatly trimmed and we were ready to have Spot as the focus for our afternoon.
Find the Puppy 🐶
Miss 4 followed the order shown in the book, revealing the animals in their hiding places as she went.
✅ Sequencing events
✅ Hand eye coordination
✅ Memory recall
✅ Fine motor skills
I Spy Mat 🐶
This was a favourite activity in the pack. Both Miss 4 and Miss 7 loved discussing each of the animals shown on the mat. Once we ran through them all, the girls took turns covering each of the animals that were in the book. Quickly the blocks were moved aside and the questions about each of the animals continued.
✅ What is this called
✅ What is a fact about this animal
✅ How long does this animal live for
✅ Where do they live
Miss 7 took the role of calling out the preposition and location, for Miss 4 to position the puppy.
Eg. Please put the puppy under the bed.
We created an emphasis on opposites with our prepositions too
✅ Under /over
✅ Inside / outside
✅ Left / right
✅ Above / below
✅ Underneath / on top
Miss 4 grew confidence with the prepositional language as they played. They further extended the prepositional language to their obstacle course later in the day.
What order were they hiding in? 🐶
Having read the book a few times, I challenged Miss 4 to complete this activity without referring to the book.
✅ Memory recall
✅ Sequencing events
✅ Recall by association
With each time we have revisited this activity, Miss 4 has recognised how much easier it has been for her to complete the task with minimal errors. Its has been a great demonstration on how ‘practise means progress’!
Where were they hiding - Matching Game 🐶
We couldn’t help ourselves - this activity inspired a game of hide and seek! While she is a great seeker, Miss 4 was not such a good hider with giggles and animal noises giving her away.
Miss 4 was matching these cards really quickly. Once done the first round, we made the task a bit more challenging by turning them into a game of memory.
All the cards were positioned upside down. We each took turns turning two cards over to reveal the pictures. Once an animal and correct hiding space were matched, that person got the cards for their pile.
Paint the Puppy 🐶
We have printed this puppy off six times in just two days. Both Miss 4 and Miss 7 love colouring the puppy!
To expand on our usual tools, much to our pet rabbits dismay, we used a carrot top as a stamp for puppy’s spots. Miss 4 was bewildered as to why I would pass her a carrot top to paint with; however once getting started, she loved alternating the different sized ends.
This activity will be one we will revisit. It has expanded Miss 4s vocabulary, allowed her to develop memory recall strategies and learn about lots of new animals - all through play!
🌟 About Dani D - Play Inspired Mum
Dani is a busy mum, pre-service teacher and has her own blog, Play Inspired Mum aimed to inspire creative play ideas, encourage the love of reading, share yummy meal inspiration, offer tips to make your household eco friendly and remind you that you are not alone on this wild rollercoaster of a journey known as parenting!
She loves houseplants, giant chunky cookies and all things play based, incorporating learning experiences into every day! 💖