Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Book 13: Planting a Rainbow

This beautifully illustrated story explains the process for planting a garden. The vibrant colors are engaging for children and creates the opportunity for wonderful crafts and snacks. This is a must-have for the spring season! 

Book: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
 Ages: 2 and up
Topics: flowers, garden, life cycle of a flower

Worksheets and Activities

Flower Unit by 2 Teaching Mamas (amazing pack of including a few math activities) 


Coffee Filter Flowers by Abracadabra Crafts (scroll down to find the project)

Food Crafts

Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring Book 12: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Today's spring book is the Very Hungry Caterpillar. I know it's one that probably almost everyone (if not everyone) has already read. Check out these great free materials and activities to go with this classic children's story. 

Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Ages: 1-6
Topics: life cycle of a butterfly, caterpillars, counting, days of the week, food,
Youtube Video 

Worksheets and Activities

Multiple Activities from Make Learning Fun (including: magnet pages, Bingo markers, dot to dot, center time activities, etc)

50 Page Packet from Teach with Me (you have to sign up, but it is definitely worth it for this amazing 50 page packet!)


This second example was found on Pinterest but I couldn’t seem to find the original Pinner (please let me know if find them – I would love to give them credit for their adorable caterpillar!)

Food Crafts

Orange and Grape Butterfly Snack by Jill Dubien on Kix (it would be perfect to start it out as a caterpillar and add the wings!) 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Book 11: Mossy

Mossy is another wonderful story by Jan Brett. As always, her illustrations are beautiful and engaging. Mossy is the story of a box turtle whose life gets turned upside down. This story presents an opportunity for numerous colorful crafts and activities. I especially love the little egg crate turtles. Have you ever read Mossy with your class or child before? 

Book: Mossy by Jan Brett
Ages: 3 and up
Topics: turtles, captivity, ponds

Worksheets and Activities
This would be a great way to incorporate technology. Students could write a post card to a friend telling them why they would or wouldn't suggest the book. 

As an extension, students could also create a diorama of the museum exhibit to compare/contrast.  
This could be adapted to glue flowers on the turtle instead of buttons. 
This would make a great Scoot and children could paint flowers for Mossy.
Children could add flowers to make Mossy (using stickers, drawing, cutting/gluing, etc.)

Food Crafts