Beyond the Book: Grandma’s Tiny House

Grandma’s Tiny House by JaNay Brown-Wood

Book Summary:

Grandma’s Tiny House is a fun counting story that is sure to make your little ones hungry as they count the items on each vibrant page. Grandma loves to invite her family, friends, and neighbors over to her house for dinners and everyone contributes to the big meal. The guests keeps coming, but will they all be able to fit inside of the house?



2 – 5 years


Pre-reading activity:

Discuss what you see on the cover of the book and provide a child-friendly definition of tiny. Ask your child to think of something that is tiny, as well as something that is large. 


During the story:

Have your little one predict what will happen next based on the pictures and comment on the illustrations. Provide definitions and connections for any of the target vocabulary words listed below that may be unfamiliar. Ask questions throughout the story to help your child comprehend what’s being read. Have your child repeat unfamiliar words.


Example Questions:

  • Do you think all of the people in the photos can fit into Grandma’s house?
  • Tell me about a time a lot of people visited your house.
  • Describe your favorite food.
  • Why is it important for everyone to bring food to Grandma’s house?
  • How will they solve the problem of too many people being in the tiny house at the same time?


Target Vocabulary:

very pleasant to taste
in large numbers or amounts
to walk in a confident and proud way
to walk slowly in usually a pleasant and relaxed way
to handle something in an awkward or clumsy way

very excited and happy
a situation where a lot of people try to do the same thing at the same time
to be completely filled with something
plates, bowls, and glasses used to serve at eat dinner



Have your little one re-read the book in their own words using the pictures. Discuss items around your house or on your next outing that are tiny. Counting to 15, try to find items around home that you have that many of (i.e., 1 watermelon, 2 teddy bears, 3 race cars, etc).




Counting Practice

Gather various sized erasers, stickers, or other small objects that you have a lot of. We used these cute erasers which were $1 each in the Bulleye’s Playground section at Target. They make the perfect math manipulatives. Divide the paper into 15 sections using your marker. Next, have your child count out how many erasers (or other small items) fit under each number. To make this activity slightly more challenging, try to make different patterns using the manipulatives.



Various erasers, stickers, or other small objects

Paper and markers


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