Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Curious George: Plumber's Helper

A unique resource to introduce children to plumbing systems!

Rey, H.A. & Margaret.
Curious George: Plumber's Helper.
March 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

In this household-educational tale, Curious George takes readers on an adventure through means of the plumbing in his own house! When Curious George takes a bucket full of toys to the bathtub for bathtime, it turns into more of an adventure than he ever could have imagined, as the drain slowly sucks down the non-tub-friendly toys, resulting in a blocked drain and overflow from other drains! When the plumber is called, Curious George (and readers) will learn about what caused the massive overflow of waters and how to prevent future recurrences.

This is actually a very interesting way to teach children about the importance of not putting toys in the toilet/tub! The way Curious George worked alongside the plumber will allow children to really gain an understanding of what happens and why and will hopefully keep them from exploring plumbing themselves (or peak their interest and really cause some damage)!

Learning/Reading Activities:
  • There are two learning activities provided in the back of the book, allowing children to further explore plumbing and the use of tools.
  • Or, I found an interesting plumbing-type game that children ages 5+ should be able to catch on to rather quickly, as they are asked to line up the piping to make sure the water doesn't flow where it shouldn't. That game can be played here!

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