Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren

Fast and Easy Extension Activities for Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren

Chapter 1

  • Have your child write a brief bio of their life. Or record one. Have them give basic info like in the story.  
  • Draw your neighborhood.  

Chapter 2

  • Have a pillow fight
  • Visit a baby
  • Give a doll a bath

Chapter 3

  • Have a jumping contest (safely). Have a lollipop prize. 
  • Look into hayrides in your area.
  • Have strawberries with cream and sugar-string on straws

Chapter 4

  • Make and decorate book covers. This one uses wrapping paper. 
  • Have sandwiches and milk with tea. 
  • Make beef stew
  • Eat oatmeal
  • Think of ways your family can help someone who is sick or struggling

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

  • Make a Keepsake Box. Use any kind of box you like and decorate it.  

Chapter 7

  • Have hot milk
  • Have an indoor snowball fight. Here are several safe options.
  • Play catch
  • Discuss what you would name a calf

Chapter 8

  • Make a secret plan to start one hour early the next day (or one hour late) 
  • Have an “opposite day.” Consider using April fool’s day food pranks for lunch. 

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

  • You can also read a book/article about sheep. Or just a fun story.  

Chapter 11

  • Talk about ways you can identify each family member if you were blind.  
  • Plan a hike
  • Take a picnic
  • Eat pancakes, jam, fruit juice, sandwiches, and/or cookies

Chapter 12

  • Have cherries, pears, and/or plums
  • Eat oatmeal

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

  • Make a mini maypole (includes some songs and a video)
  • Have coffee (or alternate), buns, cookies
  • Look around your neighborhood for flowers. Pick any you have permission to pick, draw them in a science notebook or just take pictures.  


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  • Sequels: The Children of Noisy Village is in Sonlight Readers 4. This author also has other Noisy Village books, including Nothing but Fun in Noisy Village and Christmas in Noisy Village.  
  • She is also the author of the Pippi Longstocking series, the first of which has been in and out of Sonlight’s program for many years, but I believe it is currently out. We personally prefer the Pippi series, but also like Noisy Village. 
  • The author also has many, many more books and series.  
  • There are two movies about Noisy Village; I believe they are called The Children of Noisy Village and More About the Children of Noisy Village. I so far have not found any way to watch them online, and they were made in Sweden, so I am not sure if they are dubbed in English or have subtitles. But, if you can find out more about these, let me know.  

The Pippi Longstocking series also has several movies, including an animated series

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