TOKA JUNIOR BOOK PICK
The Tomato Flood
Written By Niyatee Sharma and Illustrated by Alankrita Amaya
Veer and Ananya LOVE to help Baba in the garden: watering the plants, plucking weeds and clearing dried leaves. One day, they are REALLY naughty, and SQUISH and SQUASH Baba's freshly grown tomatoes and throw them at each other! A few weeks later, they discover lots of tomato saplings growing in the garden. Soon the plants begin to fruit and there is a bumper harvest. What are they to do with SO MANY TOMATOES?!
TOKA JUNIOR ACTIVITY
Throw the dice, count the dots, add the Tomatoes to the tomato plant! Play again and again!
Number Sense for preschoolers is the ability to understand what numbers are all about. It is not only the ability to count, it is also about quantification - that all numbers correspond to an exact quantity of a set of objects and number representation - that a numerical symbol like 5 corresponds to a quantity as well. A strong foundation in number sense is important for success in math!
Ishaan really enjoyed this story. His favorite part is the naughty kids, and my favorite is the South Asian food—there’s something so comforting about seeing food you recognize in books. . 🎲 “Counting Tomatoes” – Super cute activity using red pompoms to represent tomatoes! Roll the dice, add tomatoes to your tomato plant, and color the counting sheet. Repeat. Ishaan had a lot of fun with this. The tomatoes have been traveling with him all around the house.
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