Reading David McPhail and fun with fixing

The bloggers of the Virtual Book Club are celebrating the works of David McPhail this month and my class enjoyed the simple and sweet book titled “Fix-It” then spent the rest of our morning having fun with fixing…

Fun with Fixing by Teach Preschool

“Fix-It” by David McPhail is about a little bear that wants to watch television only to discover that the television is broken. Little bear is very upset and while the “fix-it” bear tries to fix the television, mamma bear and papa bear try to keep little bear distracted…

Fun with Fixing by Teach Preschool

Nothing that mamma and papa bear do to make baby bear happy works until she sits down with mamma bear to read a good book…

Fun with Fixing by Teach Preschool

We used this book as our springboard into exploring different things we can fix and the tools we use to fix them.  In my story box, I had a hammer, screwdriver, tape, glue, and a sewing kit.  I took out each item, one at a time, and asked the children if they could think of different things each item could fix…

Fun with Fixing by Teach Preschool

After our brief discussion on our tools to fix things, the children found several things around the classroom that needed to be fixed as well including a whole set of boxes that were left in the block center along with all our tools and some tape…

Fun with Fixing by Teach Preschool

The children worked together to fix the boxes so the boxes could hold stuff again. Some of the children focused on taping the flaps of the boxes closed…

Fun with Fixing by Teach Preschool

While others preferred to use the tools to try and “fix” the boxes…

Fun with Fixing by Teach Preschool

Some of our tools even made it over to the table. Looks like these little puzzles needed a little fixing too!

Fun with Fixing by Teach Preschool

Be sure to check out my next Fix-It post coming later this week and see the linky below for more ideas for activities to go with the books of David McPhail brought to you by my fellow virtual book club members…

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Up and coming authors that will be shared in the Virtual Book Club include the following…

  • February 18th-Dr. Seuss
  • March 18th-Julia Donaldson
  • April 15th-David Shannon
  • May 20th-Leo Lionni
  • June 17th-Gail Gibbons
  • July 15th- Jez Alborough
  • August 19th-Donald Crews


To see more ideas from the other participating Virtual Book Club just check out the linky below! Remember, if you are viewing this post by email or in a RSS Reader, you may need to click on the title of this post to view the linky from the blog post…

Participating Bloggers

Toddler ApprovedMom to 2 Posh Lil DivasRainy Day MumReading ConfettiInspiration LaboratoriesPlay Dr. MomMommy and Me Book ClubKitchen Counter ChroniclesTwo Big Two LittleCreative Connections for KidsThe Golden GleamJuggling with KidsTaming the GoblinCrafty Moms ShareReady Set Read 2 MeFamiglia and SeoulThe Good Long RoadThe Educator’s Spin On ItImagination Soup3 DinosaursRoyal BalooBeing A ConsciousParentNo Twiddle TwaddleCrayon FrecklesThe Pleasantest ThingAdventures in Reading with KidsSmile, Play, LearnCreekside LearningOur Feminist Playschool, and Teach Preschool!

David McPhail Virtual Book Club Linky

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By |2013-01-21T06:00:18+00:00January 21st, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem January 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    My son would have LOVED this class! He got his own set of real but scaled-down tools for Christmas and he’s constantly on the lookout for things to “fix”. Great activities!

  2. Growing Book by Book January 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    I must get this book for my 2 year old and bring out the tools we’ve been saving for him. He will love playing Mr. Fix It. Thanks for the idea!

  3. Megan @ Coffee Cups and Crayons January 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    Ooooh! What a great activity!

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