Harry the Dirty Dog: More or Less Dirty

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D is for Dog! As always we started our morning reading our book for the week. This week we are reading Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion. It's another classic children's story that will have your little enraptured with the lovable, silly Harry. In attempt to escape a bath he runs away finding himself more and more dirty as he plays all over town. However, it's not long before his heart longs to be home with his family. Unfortunately, he is unrecognizably dirty and has to come up with a clever scheme to reveal his true identity to his family! Look it up at your local library or add it to your home collection, either way this is sure to be another favorite! 

What you'll need: To accompany the story today we practiced a preschool math skill- comparing using more or less than. To do this activity you will want to print out the {FREE} printable resource at the bottom of this post. You'll also need a little dirt mixed with water to make a paste-like mixture. This will be your dirt "paint." 

This activity has 2 parts (double the fun, right?!)

To begin: Start by giving your child one dog (cut out from the printable) and the dirt "paint." Allow him/her to paint for a second or two and then quickly replace it with another dog (from the printable.) Your child can paint this dog a little longer but don't let him/her paint it completely. Finally, replace that dog with one last new dog (your printable will have 4) and this one should get completely covered in dirt paint. You should still have one dog left over. It is intentionally left blank for the purpose of the second half of this activity. 

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Painting the last dog completely was her favorite. She loved smashing that dirt all over. ...afterall, it isn't every day that mommy says lets her play with dirt in the kitchen! :) 

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Here's the second half to this activity: Next, you'll line up the dogs just painted in no particular order. Have your child look at them and find the clean dog. Have him/her set it directly in from of themselves. Then, ask, "what dog is a little more dirty?" No answer is wrong so praise whatever choice they make, however you can guide your child putting the dogs in order from cleanest to dirtiest. To extend the activity I would put together two dogs at random ask which one was more dirty and which one was less dirty. I shuffled the dogs around and did that a few times. She really enjoyed playing and if her baby brother didn't wake up from his nap I'm sure we could've easily sat there for 10 minutes longer. 

Don't forget to grab your free printable resource! Click the button below!