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Hello, Little New-Yorkers! We are so excited this week to revisit an absolute classic of children’s literature: Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats. Anyone out there ever struggled to learn a new skill? Learning is hard work! Peter experiences the struggle firsthand when he tries to master the art of whistling for his dog, Willie. Join us to see how all his hard work pays off and to create your own Willie-inspired puppy pal to take on all of your adventures!
Follow along with this post to create with us at home and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm where we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook, all from the comfort of your living room.
- Printed accordion dog template
- Something to draw with: colored pencils, markers, crayons
- Glue, tape, or stapler
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color in dog
Using your coloring materials, color in your dog. Give them some personality and flair!
STEP 2: Cut out and Fold accordion piece
Flipping your paper strip back and forth, fold up the strip into an accordion or zig-zag shape.
STEP 3: Cut out body
Cut out the two body pieces carefully along the edges.
STEP 4: Attach accordion piece to both body sides
Your dog is almost ready to party! Tape, glue, or staple your accordion piece to both body pieces and you’re all set. Watch your pup bounce back and forth, groove around, and shake its booty!
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments below and during our online sessions of Little New Yorkers @ Home Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm. See you then!