Winnie-the-Pooh is one of my all-time faves. The coolest thing about Milne’s original stories is that they contain so much childhood. Magic and mystery and friendship that can’t be broken. Adventures and games and laughter and delight. All Things Childhood.
The other cool thing is that you can teach a lot of subjects out of these stories. When the boys and I read Pooh together for school, we had a lot of fun because we found science-y things and history things and grammar things and art things… Lots of good stuff that meant we could spend whole days in Pooh’s world and still have a full school day.
What’s not to love?
Teaching with Winnie-the-Pooh
Have some fun with this. Get creative. Lessons don’t have to be rigidly based on the story as long as they relate to it. Here are some of the fun activities we did as we read Pooh to get you started.
It’s easy to extend the stories of Pooh and his friends into science lessons simply by learning more about each of the animals. Grab some books from the library or find free printable units. I have several available that would make great additions to lessons with Pooh. The Mitten Animal Unit Study and the Learn About Bears unit are great places to start.
Another fun animal science activity is hunting for tracks. A field trip to the country or a forestry (or even your backyard) could offer all kinds of interesting stuff for your kids to explore. They might not find any Tigger tracks, but any tracks at all make for good science lessons.
If you want a true hands-on experience, have your kids build a heffalump trap out of household items. String, clothespins, shoeboxes, paper towel rolls… Anything can be turned into a heffalump trap.
One of our favorite lessons consisted of printing out a copy of the misspelled signs Christopher Robin leaves for his friends and allowing the boys to figure out the correct spelling. This lesson stuck with them so much that many years later we still all say to each other, “Gon out. Backson,” when we’re leaving the house.
Listing the new words your children come across in the stories is a great way to improve vocabulary. They can even make their own dictionary, drawing pictures or looking up definitions to fill it in.
Choosing one of Pooh’s songs and writing down the rhyming words then discussing the differences in spelling is a fantastic way to discuss spelling rules.
We made a lot of crafts while reading Winnie-the-Pooh, but this one was probably our favorite. Because everybody needs a Very Useful Pot.
What you need:
What you do:
- Paint the inside of jar oxide brown, leaving the rim unpainted
- Paint the outside of the jar oxide brown as well to ensure a dark color
- Allow to dry completely
- Apply a second coat to outside of jar
- Allow to dry completely
- Paint the rim of the jar canary yellow
- Bring the yellow paint down from the rim in waves to resemble dripping honey
- With white paint, write HUNNY on the front of the jar just like Pooh spells it
- Keep candies or treasures (or your Pooh Bear!) in your very useful pot
If you want bunches more fun Pooh Bear activities, check out my Lit Looking Glass Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh novel study. It has lots of crafts and projects as well as a study guide for close reading.
And make sure you come back tomorrow for some sweet Black Beauty activities.
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