Garden Week 2 and Easter Activities

The Garden/Easter

March 18 – 22

Letter Kk:

  • Kk words:
  • Kk writing

Books:

    1. Plant A Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
    2. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
    3. And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano
    4. Wake Up, Spring! By Lisa Campbell Ernst
    5. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
    6. The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
    7. Hatch by Katie Cox
    8. Happy Easter, Mouse! By Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
    9. Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs? By Karen Katz
    10. Corduroy’s Easter by Don Freeman and Lisa McCue

Songs/Feltboard:

Five Little Bunnies

http://lilcountrykindergarten.blogspot.com/2012/03/five-little-bunnies-subtraction-shared.html

Follow this link and print the song and finger puppets

 

 

 

Little Bunny Foo Foo

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping thru the forest,
Scooping up the field mice and boppin’ ‘em on the head.
Down came the good fairy
And she said:
“Little Bunny Foo Foo, I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice and boppin’ ‘em on the head
I’ll give you three chances,
And if you don’t behave
I’ll turn you into a goon!”
The next day:

…two more chances…

…one more chance…

… if you do it one more time…

Little Bunny Foo Foo
Hopping thru the forest,
Scooping up the field mice and boppin’ ‘em on the head
Down came the good fairy
And she said:
“Little Bunny Foo Foo
I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice and boppin’ ‘em on the head.
I gave you three chances
And you didn’t behave.
Now you’re a goon!
POOF!!”

The moral of the story is:
HARE TODAY, GOON TOMORROW

 

 

Monday:

Introduce theme:

  1. Read a book about gardens/gardening/plant life cycle.
  2. What does a flower start out as?  A SEED!  Show different flower/veggie/fruit seeds.  Let your child touch and hold them to experience their size and texture.  Explain to him that just like flowers are all different so are their seeds.
  3. Show your child pictures of a flower in different stages of growth.  Discuss the things flowers need to grow.  (water, soil, and sunshine)

 

Flower Garden Mural

Materials:  White butcher paper (cut at about 4 feet), paint, markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc., flower-shaped sponges,

  1. Trace your child on the paper.  Be creative and have them waving, running, etc.
  1. Work with your child to create a mural of them playing in a flower garden.  Stamp flowers using the sponges and paint.  Make bees and bugs using finger prints. Wait for it to dry.
  1. Use the colored pencils, markers, crayons, etc to complete the mural.
  2. Work on this throughout the week.  Hang in a spot where they can stand in their ‘mural body’.

 

Flower Count and Sort

Materials: cut flowers out of 3-4 colors of craft foam (or get the pre-cut flowers), coordinating paper or foam mats

  1. Ask your child to sort the flowers by color onto the mats
  2. Count the flowers on each mat
  3. Label the mat with the number (Write it or cut it out of craft foam and glue for a more tactical experience for your child.  They can re-count the flowers throughout the week and tract the number label with their fingers)

 

Tuesday:

Rainbow Flower Garden Sensory Bucket

Materials:  Green Rice, gardening tools, fake flowers in ROYGBP

Set up the sensory bucket with green rice (scent it with some vanilla, peppermint, or almond extract for a fun twist).  Read “Planting A Rainbow” with your child.  Present them with the materials and tell them that it’s their turn to plant a rainbow.

 

 

FamilyGarden Art Project

Materials:  Green construction paper, blue construction paper, paper doilies or round coffee filters, pictures of each member of your family, glue, scissors, circle punch, water color paints

  1. Ahead of time, cut the green construction paper into stems and leaves of flowers.
  2. Have your child paint the doilies with water color paints and let dry.
  3. Have your child glue the painted doilies, stems, and leaves onto the blue construction paper
  4. Punch out the faces of your family members and have your child glue them to the center of the doilies.

 

Wednesday:

Gardening Bath

http://www.bathactivitiesforkids.com/2013/01/gardening-bath.html

 

 

Bubble Paint Hydrangeas

Materials:  plastic cups or bowls, dish soap, food coloring, water, straws, green paper, white construction paper

  1. Combine dish soap (about 1 tablespoon), food coloring (one cup per color),and water(to the top of the cup), into plastic cups.
  2. Use the straw to blow bubbles out of cup so that they are almost overflowing. *do not suck in! Dish soap does not taste good.
  3. Press paper gently on the top of the cup, popping the bubbles. Wait 5 seconds for the bubbles to set on paper.  Gently lift the paper off the cup, and pop the remaining bubbles with your breath.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you are satisfied with your artwork.
  5. Let the artwork dry flat for 30 minutes.
  6. Glue on leaves cut from green paper

Thursday:

Easter Egg Wet Chalk Art

Materials:  Sidewalk chalk, blue painter’s tape, cardstock

  1. Cut out egg shapes from cardstock
  2. Crisscross tape over the egg
  3. Wet the sidewalk chalk in a cup of water and color the egg completely
  4. Carefully peel the tape off the egg

Easter Bunny Bonnets

Materials: tissue paper, glue, paper plates

Cut out the middle of a paper plate except for about an inch or two. Cut up the middle of the circle to form the two ears. Fold them up and bend slightly so they stand straight. Give the children spring colored tissue to glue around the brim.

 

Friday:

Dying Easter Eggs

Materials: hard boiled eggs, packets of kool-aid, water, wire cooling rack,  paint brush or spoon, (stickers/rubberbands if desired)

1. Arrange eggs on wire cooling rack.  *paper towel lined jelly roll pan underneath to collect excess kool-aid*

2. Mix your kool-aid with approx. 2/3 c water for each packet.  Wrap your eggs with rubber bands or stick on stickers (remove after dying)

3. Have your child paint with a paintbrush and/or spoon the kool-aid over the eggs.

4. When finished dying – Rinse with water to set the dye, dry.

 

 

Extra/Alternative Activities:

Q-tip Painted Eggs

http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/03/q-tip-painted-easter-eggs-fine-motor-art.html

 

 

For the Littles:

Footprint Easter Bunny

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