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The story doesn’t have to end after you reach the final page. Here are seven Swap! activities that will take you beyond the book and support learning and exploring the book’s big ideas in the process!
Act out the SWAP! story by having children stand on their own “islands” around the room. Use construction paper, toys, or props to supply each islander with the appropriate items (hats, sails, oars, birds, etc.) Follow the map in the endpapers to make all the trades!
Draw maps of places you would go to SWAP! Maybe your child would go to a neighbor’s house, then to school, then to the ice cream shop, then to the zoo. Suddenly he’s swapped his sister for a lizard and a quart of rainbow sherbet!
Play Port to Port, a free app from the makers of American Girl. Don’t be fooled – this is NOT just for girls. This game is set in New York state during the War of 1812, when British ships were limiting colonial trade. Players must sail, (you guessed it) from port to port, avoiding the British while collecting the supplies their town needs at the best prices.
Watch this old Schoolhouse Rock! video about bartering and trade. The lyrics to “This For That” are so catchy that you might just find yourself humming “I’ll give you this for that / That for this / We’ll make a trade called “barter” / I’ll give you this for that/ That for this/ We’ll have it made with barter.“
Be sure to check out our ALL THE WONDERS of Swap! page for much more, including a look inside the book, a video tour of Steve’s NYC apartment studio, an edible craft, a podcast interview with Steve Light, and a giveaway of a hand-drawn illustration from Swap!