A Lost Toy Discovery Trail inspired by Milo and the Moon Kangaroo

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I don’t know about you but I find that over time our home becomes filled with unused toys and odd bits and pieces collected over time that lay about but never get played with. In an an endeavour to cull our toy collection, I found myself inspired by one of our much-loved picture books.

Milo and the Moon Kangaroo is a book we’ve enjoyed reading for a few years now. It is a colourful book featuring an original bedtime story.

Milo and the Moon Kangaroo by Dan Taylor

Milo is drawing before bedtime when he notices that his favourite green crayon is missing from the box. He goes to the garden where he last remembered using the crayon and discovers a green crayon trail. He chooses to follow the trail and, after travelling along, through and down many wonderful places, he eventually finds himself on the moon.

There, Milo meets the Moon Kangaroo who believes the crayon is hers. She takes him to the Lunar Lost Property Crater.

‘Every toy that gets lost on Earth ends up here,’ she explained.

Whether following the full page illustrations or the illustrative panels, children will enjoy tracing their finger along the green crayon trail.

The story celebrates the power of imagination and at the end of the story children are left wondering whether Milo’s adventure was real or just a dream. Find further book details at the end of this post.

MILO AND THE MOON KANGAROO FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITY

The book lends itself well to an activity perfect for discovery and using gross motor skills. It is an activity that can keep kids engaged for hours-days even. Cammy loved setting up her own trails around the house for days after I had set this up.

1. Firstly, I took a tour of our house and placed all the ‘lost’ toys, bits and pieces into a basket.

A lost toy discovery trail inspired by Milo and the Moon Kangaroo_My Little Bookcase

2. When Cammy was sleeping I took a ball of green wool and starting at her bedroom door I created a ‘green crayon trail’ through the house, weaving it under, over, around and through pieces of furniture.

A Lost Toy Discovery Trail inspired by Milo and the Moon Kangaroo_My Little Bookcase

A Lost Toy Discovery Trail inspired by Milo and the Moon Kangaroo_My Little Bookcase

A Lost Toy Discovery Trail inspired by Milo and the Moon Kangaroo_My Little Bookcase

3. The ‘green crayon trail’ eventually led to the basket of ‘lost’ toys.

A Lost Toy Discovery Trail inspired by Milo and the Moon Kangaroo_My Little Bookcase

4. When Cammy woke from her nap, we read Milo and the Moon Kangaroo before getting up from bed.

A Lost Toy Discovery Trail inspired by Milo and the Moon Kangaroo_My Little Bookcase

5. When she found the start of the ‘green crayon trail’, Cammy excitedly followed it around the house.

A Lost Toy Discovery Trail inspired by Milo and the Moon Kangaroo_My Little Bookcase

6. She eventually discovered the basket of ‘lost’ toys and she could choose whether she wanted to discard the toy or find a new way to play with it.

A Lost Toy Discovery Trail inspired by Milo and the Moon Kangaroo_My Little Bookcase

Milo and the Moon Kangaroo Book Details

Author/Illustrator: Dan Taylor

ISBN:978 1 84738 329 7

Format: Paperback

Publisher, Simon & Schuster, 2010

RRP: $14.99(AUD)

Suitable for ages: 3+

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A Lost Toy Discovery Trail inspired by Milo and the Moon Kangaroo

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  1. Such a good idea! I love the trail around the house! How fun! :)

  2. This is such a cool and different idea. I love activities linking up to books, and if this one gives your kids a way to think about whether you can clear out or re-use some unwanted toys thats a great bonus!

  3. What a gorgeous idea. I haven’t heard of that book but it sounds wonderful.

  4. You are so fun. My girls will LOVE this!

  5. What a fun idea, Jackie! I think your Cam and my Maddie are quite similar. Maddie wears a princess gown or some dressups more often than her regular clothes I think. :D

  6. You come up with the best activities! (Must also ask you how you store all your wonderful books). xo P

  7. This looks like a fun afternoon! We still have over a week of holidays left and we don’t have the book but I’m sure we could do this anyway.

  8. You’re such a fun mama! I love this idea. I really need to do some playful learning activities that relate to books with my kids. Thank you for being such a great source of inspiration!

  9. This book is my boys favourite. We have borrowed it from the library every time he finds it there. We will definitely try this tomorrow. I love the photo with the teepee. Where did you get it?

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