What I would do after reading this book:
I would give kids a bath or let them help give their toys a bath or clean something around the house.
Talk about why it is good to be clean (or dirty).
Play the “what if” game with creative problem solving. “What if I wouldn’t pick up my shoes? Then I would make you walk on buckets.”
Also, since the solution was for the farmer to be dirty sometimes…I would give them some pigs in a blanket for lunch and let them get their pigs “dirty” with ketchup. Yummy!
What this would do:
It is good for kids to see that often there is more than one solution for a problem. Also, there almost always tends to be a good, better, best type of solution. A large portion of problem solving is looking at something and brainstorming all sorts of solutions until you come up with the best solution.