Prancing, Dancing Lily: Activities for Educators, Students, and Parents

lilyRhyming Lily Activities:

In one of Lily's letters to Mamoo, she writes:

I paddle rolled and shuffle hopped.

I tapped so hard, I couldn't stop.

I scraped my nose. I skinned my knee.

I don't think cruising is for me.

Have you ever been anywhere or done anything that just didn't feel right for you?

Make up a rhyme telling us about it, like....

I caught the ball and away I sped,

Then tripped and fell right on my head.

Maybe football's not for me.

I think I'll brew a cup of tea.

Now let's get positive. Later in the story Lily writes:

Guess what! I know the place for me.

And a dance that fits us perfectly.

We'll dance a line with drum and bell.

I'm coming home now. All is well.

Write a four-line rhyme about what fits you perfectly.

I like animals. They like me.

Chimps and dogs and.... even fleas.

When I grow up, brave and tall,

I want to be like Jane Goodall.

Dancing Lily Puppets:

Draw a picture of Lily dancing one of her favorite dances. (You may use the dances in Prancing, Dancing Lily as models.)
 Color your drawing, cut it out, and paste it onto a wooden stick, like a tongue depressor. Now you can have Lily dance or create "Lily" skits with your friends.

Here are some fabulous dancing puppets that Mrs. Pierucci's class made.


Lily Bookmarks:

This is a bookmark my friend Gareth designed.


Here's how you can design your own bookmark.

  1. Choose the size you want to make your bookmark. (If you already have a bookmark, you can use it as a model.)
  2. Use a ruler and draw your bookmark on a piece of paper. (Heavy paper works nicely for bookmarks.)
  3. Draw your Prancing, Dancing Lily design. You can choose a picture from my book, Prancing, Dancing Lily and draw a similar design or you can change the picture to your own style or you can think of a dance you'd like Lily to try and draw Lily dancing it.
  4. Color your design.
  5. Cut out your bookmark.
  6. Go find a book to read, so you can use your bookmark!

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