Kids are little sponges. They soak in everything they see and hear. We are told this all the time and it is true. Kids take in everything. It is an interesting analogy, as sponges can get gross over time. Does that mean are kids are taking in the bad stuff along with the good and are impacted by it? Unfortunately, they are!
It reminds me of a song by Rodney Atkins, Watching You. I love this song and the perspective it gives. Kids are little mini-me’s and love to mimic what they hear and see.
Disclosure: I have been given Hippo Pottymouth as part of a product review. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
I recently found a sweet little book, Hippo Pottymouth by Ken Lefkowitz, that helps to deal with the friend side of this issue. Even if we learn to control our poor behavior, kids will still see poor examples. I love the title of this book! It draws in little ones right away.
Moving to a new town can be difficult. Hippi learns this quickly after leaving Urbania and moving to the sweet town of Hill Hollow.
Hippi is used to her city ways and even her city talk. She soon meets Bitty, but unfortunately leaves a sour feeling in the little bunny’s tummy with her Hippo Potty Mouth. Bitty is working away in the flower shop when she hears a thud and some words that are not familiar to her. Although she doesn’t know what they mean, they leave her feeling a little uneasy. She tumbles off her stool and gives them a warm greeting putting aside her anxious feelings. Bitty befriends Hippi and asks her about the words she used that didn’t sound so nice. Hippi explains that they are potty-words and tells her she will try not to use them anymore.
They soon venture out to play where Hippi is met with frustration and continues her potty-mouth ways. Will Hippi be able to learn how to handle frustration without using potty-words? Will Bitty get past the sour feeling in her belly? Pick up this cute story of friendship to see what happens.
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We decided to make puppets to go along with this story. This was a great way to role-play and explore the story. We used this idea https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=nailed%20it%20puppets from https://www.facebook.com/wearenailedit?hc_location=ufi .
These puppets are so much fun and a great way to act out the story and think of better ways to handle frustration. We made ours out of felt and added a few drops of essential oils to give them extra sensory elements. We made a hippo and a bunny and love playing with them. Here is how our puppets turned out!