Brought to us by Scholastic Canada, this quirky and engaging story is a perfect Munsch tale for summer! Did you know that Robert Munsch loves to tell his readers where his story ideas came from? Click here for more details on the two experiences that combined to form The Sandcastle Contest - it might inspire your kids to think there could be a story written for them one day!
Accompanied by the amazing illustrations of Michael Martchenko, the story follows Matthew and his family as they head out on a family camping trip - with their car piled as high as can be imagined (and depicted!). We learn early on that Matthew really really loves sand! He even wanted to bring his sandbox along.
When the family drives to a beach, he finds out there is sandcastle contest going on - and the prize is a bathtub full of ice cream! Matthew gets to work - his sandcastle is so good that the judges don't believe it's made of sand! He has to prove it to them by knocking his castle right over... but he wins the bathtub full of ice cream to share with a new friend.
momstown chapters all over Canada enjoyed this book at their Tales for Tots or Baby Bookclub playgroups!
momstown Barrie had a great time with this book at their story in the park playdate! momstown Guelph enjoyed a good read with a snack at a local park, and momstown Calgary North did a sandpaper craft to accompany their book club.
momstown Newmarket-Aurora included a fun sand in a bottle activity to accompany the reading, while momstown Winnipeg did glue and sand art to complete the beach theme! momstown Burlington enjoyed the book and then used bread crumbs as sand to make a super beachy craft!
Munsch's ability to make kids the real stars of his stories (and the adults often the brunt of their antics) seem to be part of his charm in engaging young readers. My kids loved the fact that the judges couldn't tell that Matthew's sandcastle was made of sand, and also really enjoyed imagining a bathtub full of ice cream! Try some fun Munsch activities - brought to you by Scholastic Canada.