Grab your specs (and your eager counter/reader) and go straight to this fantastic optician’s office where the kids are cool, the glasses are hot, and the atmosphere’s just a little bit shady as some wild-looking creatures stop by to join in the fun.
Here’s what to do.
1. Get nimble with numbers!
Use That’s Silly! to help your little learner practice counting. Review the pages together, and then ask your child:
- How many people in the picture are wearing glasses?
- How many animals have glasses too?
- Who has the biggest pair of glasses, and the smallest? And which pair of glasses are funny but make no sense?
Continue, and have him count the following:
- Animals on the eye chart
- People eating ice cream
- Eyes on the character who has more than anyone else in the store
2. Carry out a plot.
This action-packed office is bursting with critters and creatures who want to tell their stories. Help them out. Have your child look closely at the pictures, and then ask your fledgling author:
- Why did this soaking-wet swimmer come to see the doctor?
- Does he need glasses—or goggles?
- Is he cold? Lost? What else do you think he needs?
Move on to the octopus, and ask your cutie:
- Does the octopus look sad or happy?
- What’s he doing?
- Why would that make him happy?
- Is he selling glasses to the children . . . or buying a pair for himself?
Delve deeper and say, “Tell me how do you know.”
3. Add a “thinking kid’s” challenge.
Ask your I-spy expert:
- How many customers are wearing weird-looking glasses?
- What’s unusual about the glasses the hairy monster has on?
- What makes the glasses on the girl in the purple T-shirt look different?
- Is the guy in the top hat wearing normal glasses?
- How are his different from other glasses you’ve seen?
- Where do you think the paper airplane’s going?
- How can you know whether it has any passengers?
- Why might the octopus be a very good salesman? (Hint: His long arms can reach the glasses and he can work with a lot of kids!)
4. Try out new words.
- With the office scene in front of you, describe a monocle. Ask your child to find a monocle in the store.
- Mention other words and phrases that might be new to him, including optician and optometrist. Explain who they are and what they do.
5. Enjoy hands-on fun together.
- Turn a small cardboard tube from an empty toilet paper roll into a pretend telescope or periscope.
- Use it to explore the great outdoors or to look for missing toys and other items around the house.
- Gather a few supplies and help your child make a DIY kaleidoscope.
5. Embrace science.
- Invest in a small, inexpensive plastic magnifying glass for children. Examine leaves, twigs, soil, and small rocks.
- Take a nature walk and view nature’s beauty through binoculars.
- Talk about what you see now that you can’t see with the naked eye.
- Discuss our need to wear sunglasses for eye protection.
- Shop for a pair of shades for you and your child and be sure you wear them when you are out and about.