Yesterday my oldest was feeling very generous and sweet, and bought with his own money a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for his little brother. Luke has been obsessed with the old cartoon version we have on DVD, watching it over and over again! So, this morning we all got together and made a home for the turtle! Using a cardboard box, magazine pictures and some imagination and creativity we did a pretty good job building his home down in the sewers! 🙂
Both boys loved it and played with it all morning. This also led to more block building ideas that just kept expanding by the minute!
After the turtle house was completed, they worked on towers, then cities, creating bridges and stories to go along with them, trap doors etc. After about and hour and half, I had to interrupt for some table work, but it was still all about imagination and creativity…..
In preparing for this weeks lesson on Arctic animals and hibernation I discovered this great book that has endless extensions to incorporate into many subjects areas!
Over in the Arctic
Where the cold winds blow by Marianne Berkes
A beautifully illustrated book easy for preschoolers to follow, yet can be altered and made challenging enough for early elementary. The book contains several ideas for extended activities too. This book is going to be my tool in lesson planning over the next several weeks as we dive into this topic, studying each animal and the Arctic Tundra in depth.
For more of her books on animals and ideas click here
For starters today, we read the book out loud and as the book suggests, as I read it, Liam listened and wrote down the verbs that were used to describe how each animal behaves. Tomorrow we are going to make a chart listing the parent names vs. the baby names, then compare/discuss which creatures migrate and which live in the arctic year round.
For an art activity we made a story page of our own, using the style within the book. (another inside book suggestion) The illustrations were created using layers of cut paper. I have many decorative papers on hand and he chose the Wolf pack (image search/printed out) as pictured on the cover of the book, but turned it into a mountain scene at sunrise instead.
Upon request, while at the library the other day we checked out another Shel Silverstein book; A light in the Attic. After reading several of them, Liam began making up his own and wrote down a few :
“There’s a rabbit stuck to my ceiling,
There’s a rabbit stuck to my floor. There’s a
rabbit stuck to my chimney, or maybe it was just on the floor…”
“Birds, Birds, Birds
I think about them everyday.
I don’t know why, because
they keep flying away!”
We also read Celebrate the 50 States by Loreen Leedy which gives a brief overview of each state; natural wonders, remarkable people and historic events along with questions. He recalled more than I had thought he would, although he worked on folklore yesterday with his dad for a boyscout project so he knew a little bit about that and other historians that we’ve covered. Apparently he’s been listening to the news too, because when we got to New Hampshire he said “they vote first for the president right?”
Good enough for me, so we were off to the kitchen to start a recipe for dinner in the crock pot an they both helped before getting back to the blocks!