I did a series of different activities over a few weeks with this book.
First, I took the child "to the diner" by gathering play food and play plates and silverware. We had a menu printed off that we were allowed to order from and be served by a waitress that we "paid." The mother works at the diner so this was a good follow-up activity for building semantic relationships.
Secondly, I brought a jar and some play coins and allowed the child to earn coins throughout the session to start saving as if they were part of the story saving for the chair.
Thirdly, we counted the money in our jar just as the girl and her mother counted it every night.
Fouth, we had an activity where I set out food and beverage items one would find at the store and allowed the child to go "grocery shopping" and "pay" for the items in his basket.
Fifth, the child and clinician pretended to go shoe shopping. Pictures of the shoes shown were given to the child to "buy" his own shoes.
Sixth, the child got to put fire flames on the old house, have a fire truck show up, a firefighter spray the house, and then show that it turned black using the black backgroud
Seventh, after the firefighter, the neighbors came to the new house and brought a table set, bed, some food, and pots and pans. These were all laminated cut-outs.
Eighth, we took our "full" jar of coins and practiced taking it to the bank, rolling the coins in coin rollers, and exchanging the coins for bills.
Ninth, the child got to decorate their own chair in the likeness of the one in the book.
Tenth, the child got to take the stick figure creations and take them to the store to try the different chairs before selecting the one they wanted originally.
The child and Clinician, I also went over different parts of a community and the buildings in a community. (Examples: bank, school, drug store, gas station, grocery store, etc.)
Material adapted from A Chair For My Mother by Vera Williams and created by Lamar University SLP graduate clinician, Destinee Hedspeth. Artwork by Vera Williams.