It’s Spring Time! by Elizabeth Bennett is a wonderful board book I was sent to review by Tiger Tales. It is a book that shares signs of spring with wonderful pictures and fun rhymes. Seeds being planted, baby birds cheeping for their mom or dad, spring cleaning, spring rain are all shared in this book.
JDaniel loves the glitter that appears on every page spread. It really makes the pictures glitter. I really love the precious animals. They are so adorable.
How did we make our spring craft for kids?
Once we had all the small weather elements, we blued them onto the headband. The original was to glue the clouds, raindrops, and suns in pattern around the headband. They needed up being randomly place on the band.
There must be something about five year old and hats or headbands. JDaniel really loved wearing this headband craft. After making a spring craft for kids weather headband in April, we may have to come up with a different themed spring craft for kids headband for May.
When everyone is asked to decorate a flower pot, Violet’s is the best decorated and Rosie contained a simple heart. Rosie and Violet are the first to have a sprout, but Violet shouts it out first. When Violets starts to be taller than Rosie’s, she can’t take it. Rosie has to push soil over top of it.
Rosie regrets her mistake when she finds out that Violet has the chicken pox and won’t be able to tend to her plant. That is when Rosie really shines. She is the best she can be and she is the best friend she can be. Rosie sings and tends to both her plant and Violet’s.
You will have to read Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine to see what happens when Violet gets back from being sick. Just know that this really is Rosie’s time to shine.
What did we do to explore Rosie Sprout’s Time to Shine?
The goal was to put the three peas that belonged together in the same pod.
When pod had its three pods, it should have an uppercase letter, a lowercase letter, and an object that began with that letter. I was really pleased to see that JDaniel could match each of the letters quickly and find the right picture for each pod. He did change the game a little, but I will share that story with you next Wednesday. It deserves its on post.
Decorating a Flower Pot
He really wasn’t into painting the afternoon I set out the paint and flower pot. He painted the jellyfishes bell shape and didn’t want to paint the tentacles. I talked him in to doing some if I did some too.
I wasn’t surprised that this pot as a jellyfish them. We read books about them everyday. You may remember I even made him a jellyfish mobile for his room.
What did we do to explore There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick?
Dot Marking a Chick
Pom Pom Transfer
I printed out a second chick with circles on it. JDaniel was asked to transfer pom poms from a bowl onto each of the circles on the picture.
If you like the There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick! learning activities, I think you will like these too!
Mother and Father Rabbit really want their son John to eat carrots. His brother and sister eat theirs. They try everything they can think of to get him to eat them. They even resort to having Uncle Bunny come to their house so he can show him much he loves carrots.
There is one problem with that idea! Uncle Bunny doesn’t like carrots either. He hides them in plants and under his napkin.
He is a fun uncle though. He makes baked potato rabbits for the little bunnies to eat. (His potato lacks the carrot ears though. ) He takes them on hikes. He lets them feast on foods that they like.
After their feast, Uncle Bunny heads to the kitchen to eat what is left to eat and all that is left are carrots. He tries some and really likes them. He really does.
I love how this book about two picky eaters ends. What a fun book!
I am participating in a 10 day e-course offered by SKILLTRI called Love for Lunch. One of the days focuses on dips. After having JDaniel not like the carrots in his Bounding Bunnies Bento, I decided to have him help me make their pinto bean dip.
It was so easy. JDaniel helped chop up the parsley and scallion for it and then put it in the blender. He cut them into chunks rather than fine pieces and that actually gave the dip some texture.
We will be making this dip again. He really likes it and I love that he eats carrots with it.
Carrot Number Activity
This activity not only helped he work on forming letters. It reviewed counting skills as well as working with viewing numbers with concrete materials.
I need to confess that he still doesn’t like to write numbers and some are a little backwards. He did like getting to use the chopstick and salt to write them. I think we will be doing this activity again too.
If you like these Rabbit Food activities, you might enjoy these rabbit themed crafts.
Later he finds a flier about the King Puck Festival and decides to enter his goat in the contest. You will have to read the book to find out who wins and what the winner selects. I will give you a clue. The winner picks something that will help him read, explore, and learn.
What did we do to explore King Puck?
The goats line up to be judged in the King Puck contest. We lined up goats in number order. I am not sure that there were eighteen goats in the contest. We decided we need to have eighteen goats lines up on our kitchen table.
If JDaniel were older or had a better grasp on numbers, here are some other ways we could have explored number concepts with the goats.
- Sorted by even and odd numbers.
- Used the goats to make number sentences.
- Place the correct numbers before and after the number placed on the table
- Created word problems based on the goats
If you like this King Puck activity, here are some more book inspired learning activities:
JDaniel helped me gather together a wide variety of vehicles from his room for this activity. We then matched them sorted them by color onto work mats I had colored.
Despite much searching, we didn’t find very many blue vehicles as you can see in the picture. We found only a few more red vehicles and one of them came out on his bucket of tub toys. There were tons of yellow vehicles. JDaniel had a contruction site birthday party a few years ago and I think that is where most of these came from.
After matching the vehicles to the right color on the mat, we counted them. It took four times as long to count the yellow vehicles.
I should have printed out smaller numbers. These were way too big for the vehicles.
If you like these Truck Party Activities, here are some more activities you will like.
Ninny Nanny lives with her Grandmother. Gran isn’t able to do much around the house and Ninny Nanny is lazy. She doesn’t like to fill the rain barrel with water, dig the potatoes, fix the wholes in the roof, or gather sticks for the fire.
Her solution to the growing list of chores is to find a leprechaun’s gold and have the chore issues go away. She accidentally trips over one while searching and catches him. He is supposed to give her his gold. He ends up getting her to do her chores and almost has to give his gold to her. Ninny Nanny ends up not believing the location he tells at the end of his ranting about its final location.
Leprechauns Never Lie is so much fun. JDaniel loved watching Ninny Nanny get tricked and I love the humor in the stories illustrations.
What did we do to explore the book Leprechauns Never Lie?
I put out a number of sensory activities for JDaniel that recreated the chores Ninny Nanny had to do in Leprechauns Never Lie.
Digging Up Potatoes
Twig Transfer Activity
JDanie was asked to move them from one bowl to the next. It was hard to hold the chopsticks tight enough to move the sticks, but he was able to do it.
Patrick totally thinks the St. Patrick’s Day parade is to celebrate him in this wonderful book by Elizabeth Lee O’Donnell. He has been to Patrick’s Day parade. People carry banners with his name and he just knows it is all for him. Knowing he is special fills him with joy. Patrick tries to treat everyone well and be the best boy he can be.
When his mom that he has been wrong about this and who the parade is really for, Patrick is filled with disappointment and anger. He doesn’t like being ordinary. He takes out his anger on the people he run into and they become worried about what has changed his behavior.
This book opened the door for a wonderful discussion with JDaniel about how we treat people and how we each of things that make us special.
What else did we do to explore this Patrick’s Day?
This was a fun way to walk through the book again and work on numbers.
Hair Gel Bag for Letter Writing
I have seen hair gel letter practice bags all over Pinterest. They are so easy to make. Literally it is hair gel mixed with food coloring in a ziplock bag. Our bag had layers of packing tapes on the seal to make sure that it stayed close.
JDaniel had the best time trying to make his letters. The gel moves freely and did make it hard to see some of the completed letters. It did give him practice in how to form the letters though.
While the book shares a lot about the White House’s history, many of its pictures feature the Obama family. One of his daughter is shown walking the family dog in the Rose Garden and the whole family is shown on a page that talks about how it is an office and a home.
JDaniel and I enjoyed reading The White House and learning more about it.
What did we do to explore The White House?
A simple paper cone decorated with stars and ribbons seemed very patriotic.