Read and then press here!

The children’s book “Press Here” by Herve’ Tullet is always a favorite in our classroom and I love it because there are just so many ways we can expand the book all throughout the classroom…

Reach and then Press Here!

“Press Here” by Herve’ Tullet is an interactive picture book about dots. The children are invited to interact with each page of the book by either pressing a dot, blowing on a set of dots, or some other type action. As the children take a new action and turn the page, something happens to the dots. It’s a very cool read-aloud experience…

Read and then press here!

There are so many different ways one can expand on this book throughout the classroom so we explored lots of different processes including making dots of clay…

Read and then press here!

To make our dots of clay, the children first had to practice the skill of rolling up a square of clay between their two hands to form a small ball. Making small balls of clay is no easy task for young children but soon they figure out the right amount of pressure, rolling, and shaping to make their balls of clay…

Read and then press here!

After all the rolling, the ball of clay is then placed on top of their yellow dot (like the dot in our book) and the children then pressed down on their ball to make a clay dot…

Read and then press here!

The clay I brought in for the children to use was purchased at Hobby Lobby and is a very soft moldable clay for kids that comes in small rectangles of bright colors. I cut the clay into squares in advance so the children could keep their focus on making the small clay balls for today…

Read and then press here!

Our press here boards are laminated so the clay wouldn’t permanently stick to the boards. My goal was to let their clay dots dry out so we could use the dots for other games later. Well, the dots never did dry up…

Read and then press here!

I couldn’t figure out how to fix that either so eventually, the children just played with the clay again and mixed it all up together. Oh well, we still enjoyed the process of creating with clay and talking more about one of our favorite class books!

I couldn't figure out how to fix that either so eventually, the children just played with the clay again and mixed it all up together. Oh well, we still enjoyed the process of creating with clay and talking more about one of our favorite class books!

Links to Grow On…

Let your students press here! by Teach Preschool

Interactive Books for Children by Pre-K Pages

Press Here Movement Game by Home Grown Friends

Magnetic Sensory Bottle by  Preschool Inspirations

By |2016-06-24T06:00:46+00:00June 24th, 2016|

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.

One Comment

  1. Norah Colvin June 26, 2016 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Cute!

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