A Pox On Your House! [Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox]

I came across Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox on the kid’s books shelf at one of our local thrift stores. I fell in love with the cute, quirky illustrations, and immediately dropped it into my cart. #thebigone and I have read it many times together, and it remains one of our family favorites. (I know, I say that a lot. We have a lot of books, so of course, we have a lot of favorites!)

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Erin Dealey has created a twist on a collection of classic nursery rhymes, centered around poor Goldie Locks, who has come down with a case of chicken pox. A host of fairy tale friends stop by to visit and check up on her- Red Riding Hood, Bo Peep, Henny Penny, and others. Dealey uses rhyming text to give the book a lyrical quality, which also provides some rhyming reinforcement for younger listeners, as they can guess what word will end each couplet.

working on mirrorcoloring mirror

The illustrations by Hanako Wakiyama are incredible. She’s created a modern take on the classic illustrations of vintage children’s books, and the outcome is so fun to see. The color palette is warm, with touches of blue popping against the yellows, reds, and oranges. The faces of each character are full of personality and the expressions are enhanced by comical details that engage kids.

working on craft using crayons

Inspired by the book’s cover, I decided to create a craft for #thebigone to give him a little taste of how he might look with chicken pox. I drew a free printable of a framed mirror, which he colored with crayons. (Markers, paint, or colored pencils would all work wonderfully as iwell). I printed a photo of #thebigone looking straight on, sized approximately 7 inches tall by 5 inches wide, and centered in the middle of my paper. (If you would prefer to skip the photo step, just make the project even more creative, and include some self-portrait work in there as well!)

cutting with scissors  adding red paint

(Tangent: The photo is from a holiday photo shoot a few years ago,  and he looks a little model-esque. I’m giving all the credit for that feat to our awesome photographer Tina Marie Photography, because any pictures I take of him are way less glamour shot, and way more action shot.)

  adding chicken poxadding calamine lotion

#thebigone worked on his scissor skills (which pretty much always need work) by cutting the oval from the center of the mirror printable. He glued the mirror printable onto the paper with the photograph, doing his best to get his face in the middle of the mirror. He used red paint and a small dabber to add red chicken pox all over his face. Then, he used a bigger, round sponge dabber to top some of the pox with pink paint- our version of calamine lotion. (Fingers, Q-tips, cotton balls, paintbrushes- they’d all work just as well if you don’t have dabbers handy.)

adding pink paint

#thebigone thought this project was hysterical, and loved adding pox to his nostrils. (Pretty typical 6 year old boy). I had a lot of fun helping him with it, and I hope you and your children will also enjoy it.

finished goldie locks has chicken pox craft

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Do you have other favorite twists on nursery rhymes or fairy tales? Let me know about them in the comments! 

Be sure to check out the adorable illustrations and fun rhymes in "Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox", a fun twist on a common nursery rhyme. Then use my free printable to help your child catch a case of chicken pox during craft time!

There are great ideas to build on your family’s reading experiences waiting for you here.


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