Bring Children’s Lit into Therapy with “Two of Everything”

With Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) approaching, I thought I would share with you one of my favourite books. You will soon know I have LOTS of favourites.  This one is called Two of Everything retold and illustrated by Lily Toy Hong. This is a wonderful retelling of a Chinese folktale where a farmer finds a pot and whatever he puts in, two will come out. As with many folktales a little trouble soon ensues. This book has a little more text than I typically like when reading to kindergarteners with significant language delays but it keeps them on the edge of their seats. 

This story also lends itself well to language activities. Teachers like it because you can teach all sorts of math concepts. I typically use it to work on same and different.  I bring out my magic pot. I tell the children that my magic pot doesn’t listen very well and sometimes it doesn’t give me two of the same.  I will have pairs of different food, kitchen utensils,  farm animals etc.. with me. I have one set beside me and the other one inside the pot.  Then the children will take turns telling me what I should put in the pot (great for vocabulary building and sentence structure). The pot then does its “magic” and I will put one thing in and two will come out.  The children then identify whether the objects are the same or different. The children find it hilarious when my pot doesn’t “listen” to me. 

This book is also a great for working on story structure, predicting, problem solving and as a conversation starter.  Children like to talk about what they would put in the pot (or not) and why.  One girl told me that she would put her mommy and daddy in the pot so that she could get twice as many treats.  One little guy said he would not put his baby brother in the pot because he cried too much. Another little one said he would put in his ball so that when he lost it, he would have another one.

What would you put in the pot?


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