Sugar Aunts: Ish Book Activity Block Sculptures

Ish Book Activity Block Sculptures

This week, the Preschool Book Club brings you activities and crafts based on the book, Ish by Peter H. Reynolds.  What a great message this book has!  We loved reading Ish (again and again!) and came up with our take on the book and it's encouragement of creative flow to build Ish-inspired block structures.  Our block creations were full of creativity and tons of expression as the kids built and created stories and play.

Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Block Structures and Creative Play inspired by the book, Ish:


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When we read Ish , by Peter H. Reynolds, we loved the feeling of being encouraged to TRY and to use our imagination.  When Ramon creates "-ish" drawings, we loved his fun ideas!  We decided to use something that we play with almost every day to create and imagine just like Ramon did.  We pulled out our wooden blocks and started building "block-ish" sculptures!


Little Guy started with a trio of "airplane-ish" shapes that took off and flew around the dining room.


We used our imaginations to create creatures, steps, and more and started telling stories about our structures.  I love to hear the stories my kids tell and it was fun to hear the way they created once I started adding "-ish" to the structures.  They kept up with the -ish terms as they told their stories: The "dog-ish" guy went up the "steps-ish" area so he could be "taller-ish".

We had SO much fun with this simple imagination building activity!

Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

There were "ice cream-ish" treats...



..."Butterfly-ish" creatures...


..."present-ish" gifts...


...and a little block-ish tasting from the baby!



We ended up with a "tent-ish" neighborhood.

Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

And a "truck-ish" vehicle...

Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

...which lead us to a dining room full of "road-ish" streets.  This became a whole afternoon of pretend play and creative thinking.


Block sculptures based on the book Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

What can you create with a basket full of blocks and inspiration from Ish?


Be sure to stop by the other Preschool Book Club bloggers to see their crafts and activities based on Ish:


 Artwork Candles from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Emotions Charades from Homegrown Friends
Crumbled Paper Art from Buggy and Buddy
Math Estimation Jars from Mama. Papa. Bubba. blog


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