My hard crush on James Burd Brewster’s Glad to Do It! series is ever-expanding. I just love how Brewster bases these fun, upbeat picture books on real-life stories.
Plus, he always includes educational information about being a rescue worker. In Officer Jack: Stolen Puppy, Brewster walks your kids through how police run an investigation, showing the steps his officers take to find suspects. And if your kid doesn’t squeal over police cars, chances are puppies will do the trick. I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend these books enough.
This post is sponsored by J2B LLC, but my opinons? Oh. Yeah. They’re my own.
Officer Jack: Stolen Puppy Activities and Crafts for Kids
Brewster writes books that get kids excited about their world, and nothing is more exciting than puppies. So I’ve pulled some puppy activities and crafts for kids straight from the story that will give your littles a chance to have some fun and understand police work even better. Plus, puppies.
Picture books are a great way to start reading comprehension at an early age. Use this free printable to ask your kiddos about key parts of the story. You can have them write them down or, if they aren’t writing masters yet, just have them answer each question aloud.
To learn a bit more about police work, why don’t you fingerprint your kids and their pets?! Fingerprinting is an important part of forensic science and another way police go about finding suspects. This free printable provides a place for your kids to put their own fingerprints AND a place for their pet’s pawprints.
Plastic Cup Puppy
This guy is just about the cutest thing ever. And you don’t even have to house train him. Win!
What you need:
- Lit Mama’s Plastic Cup Puppy Template
- 2 9-0z plastic cups
- 2 googly eyes
- 1 black pom
- 1 6×9 piece pink craft foam
- 1 6×9 piece tan craft foam
What you do:
- Turn one cup upside down and cover top with glue
- Turn the other cup on it’s side and glue the side-facing cup to the upside down cup at the back (bottom) end
- Set aside to dry
- Print out Plastic Cup Puppy template
- Trace dog’s ears, forelegs and back feet onto tan foam (do this first, before you cut foot pads from back feet templates)
- Cut out foot pads and trace them and tongue onto pink foam
- Glue foot pads onto back feet and set aside to dry
- Glue googly eyes into place near top of the ‘head’ cup
- Glue black pom into place for nose at the top near the opening
- Glue tongue inside opening
- Glue ears on either side of ‘head’ cup behind eyes
- Glue forelegs onto ‘body’ cup just in front of ears on either side
- Glue back feet to front of ‘body’ cup between forelegs
You might have to hold your littles down to get them to give their new puppy time to dry. Don’t throw things at me.
So what else could we make with this story but peanut butter cookies that look like dog bones? And this is the absolute yummiest peanut butter cookie recipe I have ever made.
Not Your Dog’s Peanut Butter Cookies
What you need:
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
What you do:
- Preheat oven to 350F
- In a mixer, cream peanut butter, butter, and sugars until smooth
- Add egg and vanilla extract and mix well
- In a separate bowl, sift together flours, baking soda, and salt
- Add to butter mixture and mix well
- Scoop out about a 1/2″ ball of dough and roll between hands to make long part of bone
- Place on cookie sheet and flatten slightly with fingertips
- Scoop out 4 1/4-inch balls and press 2 into each end of long part
- Sprinkle with white sugar if desired
- Bake 9 minutes
- Allow to cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet
- Remove to wire rack to cool completely
If that’s not the best celebration of police and puppies ever, I don’t know what. Invest in the Glad to Do It! series for your kids and help them earn respect and admiration for the everyday heroes in our lives. And make yummy cookies. And adorable crafts.
Because reading is fun.
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