Those of us who work with young children are very tuned into various themes. One of my all-time favorite themes that kids LOVE is dogs and puppies! Even a child who may be a little reluctant to talk will talk about animals, especially dogs. I have several activities that are built around this theme. First, I would like to share a gem that I stumbled upon on amazon.com. See the photo below...Where Is Puppy? This a basic lotto game with an audio CD and colorful photos on game boards. The speaker is clear and uses a slow (but not too slow) rate of speech when she describes which puppy the child is supposed to locate on their board. I always stop the recording after the speaker gives the instructions to wait for each child to determine if they have a match on their board. This activity is GREAT for working on basic prepositions, although kids who do not need this type of instruction enjoy it, too. Listening activities such as this one also promote good turn taking behavior for preschoolers, which helps them get ready for kindergarten. See the link below the photo to find this item on amazon.com.
For those of you who need a few more activities using this theme, I suggest Janelle Publications "Dudsberry" character sets. They are GREAT! Also found on the Janelle site are magnetic playsets entitled "Create-A-Scene." There are several themes, including "Pet Shop" which fits in nicely with the dog/puppy theme.
Here is a link to the Janelle Publications site: http://www.janellepublications.com/