Publication: Extra Yarn | Author: Mac Barnett | Age: 4+ years
The story is about Annabelle and her adventures in a cold and dark town using a never-ending box of colourful yarn to bring about transformation in this community with a variety of colourful yarn creations.
Resilience, courage, determination and overcoming greed are aspects all touched upon in this delightful book. Anabelle’s generous spirit of knitting the yarn into a multitude of uses, helps the people, animals, plants and even cars around the whole town.
Use the story as a platform to launch into a variety of explorations with the children. What creations can the children make using wool and string; do they have any at home they can bring in? Is this magic that the yarn is never-ending? What magic can the children create from using colourful wool or other materials?
Explore the wonderful illustrations with the children and talk about what the town looks like at the beginning compared to the end of the book. How can the children transform your setting or improve their environment? Perhaps it’s the beginning of a project to transform a space or place that is special to the children and give them ownership of creating it themselves.
With our book recommendations, we want to help you spark a conversation that leads children to discover STEM in their everyday lives. Have the courage to go beyond the obvious STEM connections and embrace all questions that may come out of your discussion with the children.