Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (Five In A Row)

We had a blast rowing “Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina! There are so many things you can do with this book! Thankfully, daddy is a cap collector and we’re able to borrow them. πŸ™‚ But we were cautioned to take good care of the caps and make sure that Timmy wouldn’t write on them or something. You get the idea. We were so thrilled when daddy O gave us his caps and the first thing we did was we tried putting as many caps as we could on Timmy and let him balance it while standing or walking. Haha! Too cute!


The story is about a peddler who was selling different colored caps for 50 cents. He was shouting, “Caps, caps for sale! 50 cents a cap!” while wearing all the caps for sale. The peddler eventually got tired and decided to sleep under a tree. When he woke up all of his caps were gone! The monkeys on the tree got the caps and wore them. The peddler tried to get it but the monkey just mimicked what he was doing. He eventually got the caps but I will not tell you how so I don’t end up spoiling the story for you. πŸ™‚ You’ve got to read it! πŸ™‚

Learning through play

Timmy acted as the peddler selling caps to me! We used his play money, exchanging bills and coins as he tried to sell as many caps as he could. πŸ™‚ It was around this time when Timmy was obsessed for weeks with the presidents and heroes on the Philippine bills. He even composed a song for Sergio OsmeΓ±a! Haha!Β 


For our math activity, I drew caps for Timmy’s subtraction exercise. πŸ™‚ I didn’t use any printables for this book. Actually, I didn’t even use the manual at all. We just came up with our own activities! This is one of the best things about homeschooling, it allows you to be flexible and not be restricted by the curriculum you’ve chosen. πŸ™‚


For our counting practice, I asked Timmy to draw caps on monkeys! He didn’t have to draw a perfect cap, he just needed to draw circles on top of each other. πŸ™‚ It made counting more fun for him!


For our art activity, I asked Timmy to paint multi-colored caps. He then came up with his own idea to put 50 cents on his work! It resulted in what looked like a colorful store sign of caps for sale! πŸ™‚


Watch out for our next Before Five in a Row book! Don’t be afraid to do something outside of the box or in this case, outside the manual. Go with your child’s interests, home materials, and instinct. πŸ™‚ You just might end up having more fun like we did!

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