This week really took like 3 weeks so #3 was really sick of the book by Friday. No, I did not read it every day for 3 weeks but by Friday he'd already seen it enough times he was done. Other than that I enjoyed "rowing" this book. The activities were fun and I had finally gotten my act together to do prep work before I had them sit at the table...so much smoother!
Sitting Quietly :
We practiced sitting quietly just like the little girl in the book. Miraculous. I sat there with my eyes shut for a few beats just enjoying the stillness.
The scrapbook crafts :
There were some great printables and other cut apart, glue, write, match games and such out there for this book.
Pond Counting : pictures of pond life on cards 1-10. We put them in order. We found whichever number I asked for. We counted fishes and frogs and turtles.
Who Am I? : I read the clues then the boys matched to colored picture to that animal. #3 can't wait to play this one with Mr. Wiedz.
Would you play with me? : a fun little list of animals and you write yes or no under each flap if you'd play with that animal. #3 really like that one.
After reading this post about using online videos we watched this video of song birds. #2 thought it was just loud. I thought it was a fun extra we don't do everyday.
Bird feeders :
Oh the mess! But they so enjoyed doing this!
I had saved small milk cartons for a history craft - making mud bricks - but that project didn't happen. They worked great for this though.
When they were done spreading peanut butter on the cartons and filling the inside/covering the outside with birdseed they strung honey nut Cheerios on yarn for a garland.
|When I put the baby down I told everyone that it was expected and OK if he dug into the Cherrios.|
When we were all done with our bird feeding supplies we hung everything on a tree in our front yard. The big boy's bedroom window looks out on this tree (and I can see it from the kitchen sink) and we've already had visitors to our branches!
I wanted to visit a pond or the river but it is December and I haven't been feeling good. I'm not sure I'll completely get away with leaving that out but for now we didn't actually get to a pond to observe animals in their habitat!
What Animals Would You Like to Play With?
Who Am I?
Life Cycle of a Frog