|Tissue box craft: Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose|
We made antlers from tracing my son's hands on construction paper and taping them to a tissue box. Then I drew the face on the box. You could also create animals to put on the antlers or put them inside the tissue box. You could add the animals as you read the story.
Thidwick the big-hearted moose has such a big heart that he allows a bingle bug to rest in his antlers. He starts by being nice to one bug, then the bug invites another animal and another until Thidwick's antlers are so full he can hardly move. ""A host has to put up with all kinds of pests. For a host- above all- must be kind to his guests." Hunters come after him and he realizes he must get rid of his guests in order to save his life. (Spoiler Alert) Luckily, this is the day his antlers fall off and he is able to get away. The other animals are not as lucky and they end up stuffed on the hunter's wall. A little morbid for younger children but you can kind of gloss over the ending and not draw attention to this point. You could tie in a science lesson about the shedding and re-growth of antlers.
The Assertive Message:
I have to admit, I've had the book on my shelf in my collection but haven't read it since I was a child so I couldn't remember what it was about. I couldn't believe how applicable the message was to my life as an adult. It is nice to be kind to others but when they start to take advantage of you, there comes a point when you need to stand up for yourself, your sanity and your safety and stop being walked on (or nested on in Thidwick's case). Read this book with your children, have a discussion about kindness and assertiveness and set an example for them so they don't end up being too kind (or stuffed on a wall.)
This post is Linked to:
Red Ted Art’s Blog, Kid’s Get Crafty
Hookin’ Up with House of Hepworth’s, Thursdays
Polly Want A Crafter, Monday Craft Linky
Funky Polka-dot Giraffe’s, Too Cute Tuesday