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Martha Speaks

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Libraries are more than books. Some kids need a little direction to get the creative juices flowing. I gleaned the following from a PUBYAC contributor. If you're a member, check out the archives for 2-13-2009. Please add YOUR comments. Your colleagues would appreciate hearing what works, and what didn't!

(see also: http://pbskids.org/martha/parentsteachers/program/faq.html)


MARTHA SPEAKS, by Susan Meddaugh



  • Suggested ages 4-7 years old
  • Limit your group to 20 unless you have lots of help.



  • Small cups of alphabet soup
  • Alpha-bits cereal
  • Dog-bone cookies
  • Gingerbread or sugar cookie letters



  • Dog ears
  • Dog origami
  • Dog crafts
  • Dog Collars--made of foam with jewels, and dog tag.
  • Stickers and bookmarks--foam letters



  • Fish for magnetic alphabet letters
  • Feed Martha--Foam letters (or alphabet blocks) into an open mouth
  • Relay races with foam letters--try to spell a word at the other end
  • Doggie, Doggie, Who's Got Your Bone
  • Good and Bad--Make-up Flashcards:
    • Good (positive) words: Fantastic, Incredible, Outstanding, Stupendous, Terrific, Excellent, Wonderful, Amazing, Superb, Exceptional

    • Bad (negative) words: Awful, Seasick, Nauseous, Illness, Stench, Irritating, Horrible, Flaw, Bicker, Glum, Disgust, Clumsy, Anxious

    • Can you think of other words, either good or bad?  (Thumbs up-thumbs down.)



  • Read a book
  • Let the children go to various stations to complete crafts
  • Have plenty of word searches and coloring sheets on hand as the children work their way through the stations
  • Games can be played once the group reassembles
  • Have refreshments
  • Children love pretending they're dogs.



  • About an hour-and-a-half should be sufficient.




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