You know we can't start off anything big without a book, or several books!
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont
The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Harry goes on an adventure and gets very dirty. So dirty, that his family doesn't even recognize him! Poor Harry. Luckily a good scrub in the tub will reveal his true spots. (It would be fun to get a few plastic dogs or washable stuffed ones, let them roll in the mud, and give them a good scrub after reading this story.)
There is a great collection of printables and activities that go with Bark, George on Making Learning Fun. Mr. Two loved the shadow matching game, and Mr. One and Mr. Two liked the George Barks emergent reader. I tried to convince Mr. One to use the Bark George outline and create his own animals to put in his belly and write their sounds on a speech bubble, but he wanted to play with his legos at that point. (Just keeping it real, folks!)
We made our own doggie bones using this breadstick recipe, and knotting the ends instead of twisting the whole dough strip. (So yummy with fettucini alfredo.)
We made doggie ears from some white construction paper and stamped circles of paper with my boys' doggie names for their collars. Super simple. Here are "George" and "Benji" (yes, they chose their own dog names).
Then, I tested my doggies on their keen digging and retrieving skills. They dug through our foam bath letters and numbers for the item I requested, then dropped it into their doggie dish and barked the name of the letter or number.
Obviously, I need to help Mr. Two with the whole number/letter concept.
Don't worry, all that hard work was not left unrewarded. Each obedient doggie was given a doggie biscuit (graham cracker shapes).
I also thought of playing doggie doggie where's your bone? but let's face it, it's not that challenging to figure out who's hiding the bone when there are only three of us...
A few other places to find some fun doggie ideas.
Oopsey Daisy has a dog themed mommy school post.
Making Learning Fun has a whole section on a pet theme.
Enjoy these last few dog days of summer!