First 5 Friday - Do you have the hiccups?

Happy First 5 Friday! Here is a great way to start off your weekend as you READ, TALK and PLAY with your little ones!


READ: Start off your weekend as you read "The Hiccupotamus" by Aaron Zenz. Can you make funny noises like a donkey would?

TALK: Take this time to talk to your little one about the hiccups, how they would get rid of them and what they think about "The Hiccupotamus" by Aaron Zenz.


Suggested questions to get the conversation started for all ages:

  • Do you fall when you get the hiccups?

  • What do you think is the best cure for the hiccups?

Suggested conversation questions about "The Hiccupotamus" by Aaron Zenz for children ages 0-3:

  • What fun colors did you see in "The Hiccupotamus" by Aaron Zenz?

  • Do you like the hiccups?

Suggested conversation questions about "The Hiccupotamus" by Aaron Zenz for children ages 4-5:

  • What rhyming words did you hear in "The Hiccupotamus" by Aaron Zenz?

  • What animals did you see in "The Hiccupotamus" by Aaron Zenz?

PLAY: Play with your little one this weekend through these fun hippo activities!


Activity 1:

Make a Word Puzzle:


Write out each of the letters in the word hippopotamus on index cards for your little one. Help your little one put the letters in order to spell hippopotamus. You can also help your little ones form other words from the letters in the word hippopotamus.


Activity 2:

Encourage your little one to get creative through this week’s craft.


Hippopotamus Marshmallows


Materials Needed:

  • 3 Jumbo Marshmallows

  • 6 Mini Marshmallows

  • Glue

  • Grey and Pink Paint

  • Black Marker

  • Scissors

How to Make a Hippopotamus Marshmallow:

  1. Paint all of the marshmallows grey.

  2. Wait for your paint to dry.

  3. Once the paint is dry, paint a small spot on the top/bottom of two of the small marshmallows pink.

  4. Help your little one cut the small marshmallows with the pink in half and keep the side with the pink.

  5. On the top/bottom of one of the jumbo marshmallows, draw a smiley face.

  6. Glue two ends of the other two jumbo marshmallows together.

  7. Diagonally glue the jumbo marshmallow with the smiley face to one end of the two jumbo marshmallows with the smile facing downwards.

  8. Add two dots for eyes on the top middle of the jumbo marshmallow with the smiley face.

  9. On the bottom of the two jumbo marshmallows that are glued together, glue the 4, non-pink, mini marshmallows to represent feet.

  10. Glue the half-cut, pink and grey, mini marshmallows to the top of the jumbo marshmallow with the face.

  11. Enjoy your hippopotamus marshmallow!

* Disclaimer: Do not let your little one eat the painted marshmallows.


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