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Spin-off activities to do with Peggy Parish’s Amelia Bedelia character

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Have you ever read any of the twelve Peggy Parish books about Amelia Bedelia? If you recall, Amelia Bedelia was a very goofy housekeeper who took all directions literally. Should you decide to share this series of books with your child or your students, here are some of the household upkeep, cooking, and entertaining the children directions that Amelia Bedelia took literally.

Here are eight examples:

Example 1: When Amelia Bedelia was told to draw the drapes, she drew a picture of the drapes.

Example 2: When Amelia Bedelia was told to dress the turkey, she put clothes on the turkey.

Example 3: When Amelia Bedelia was told to steal second base, she literally picked up the base and stole it.

Example 4: When Amelia Bedelia was told to run home while playing baseball, she literally ran home to the house she worked in.

Example 5: When Amelia Bedelia was told to put out the lights, she unscrewed the light bulbs and hung them out to dry on a clothesline.

Example 6: When Amelia Bedelia was told to dust the room, she threw dusting powder around the room.

Example 7: When Amelia Bedelia was told to make a date cake, she cut up a calendar and put the pieces in the batter.

Example 8: When Amelia Bedelia was told to make a sponge cake, she cut up a sponge and put the pieces in the batter.

Additional notes:

* Please visit AMELIA BEDELIA Series by Peggy Parish and Herman Parish to find out more about the late author’s whole collection of books at http://www.kidsreads.com/series/series-amelia-author.asp

* These books also can be purchased on Amazon.com. The link to the book cover used in the illustration can be found at: Amelia Bedelia

* Twelve Amelia Bedelia books by Peggy Parish (in no particular order):

  1. Amelia Bedelia
  2. Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
  3. Good Work, Amelia Bedelia
  4. Amelia Bedelia Helps Out
  5. Come Back, Amelia Bedelia
  6. Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower
  7. Thank You, Amelia Bedelia
  8. Amelia Bedelia’s Family Album
  9. Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia
  10. Amelia Bedelia and the Baby
  11. Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia
  12. Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping

Class discussion questions

1. Which is your favorite Amelia Bedelia book? Please explain why.

2. What was the strongest character trait of Amelia Bedelia? Please give specific examples.

Task for class

  • Other than any of the examples from the Amelia Bedelia books, brainstorm five to ten tasks where the figurative words are taken literally and silly things happen as a result.
  • Have students create a character of their own similar to Amelia Bedelia. Create a name for this character. Decide if this character is nice or mean.
  • Write a story based on these details. Illustrate the story as well. Afterward, share the stories with the class.

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