I could have printed out a picture of a bear but I didn't have time so I whipped up this bad boy. I started out by giving her a brown crayon while I got the food materials and glue together. I know she doesn't know what to do with crayons yet but I figured I would let her explore. She got a couple of random strokes on the paper but she had no idea she did.
I squirted some glue on the bear and spread it around with a sponge brush (You can get these at your local craft store for about 25 cents each!)
|touching the glue|
|"helping" me spread the glue|
Then I showed her the mini cup of nutmeg and sprinkled some on the bear to help get her started. She was very into seeing what was in the cup.
Which she promptly dumped on her shirt.
|yuuummmm smells like nutmeg|
|I wrote the letter B in the mess on her table since we |
were exploring the color brown and bears and they start with B.
I made sure to highly supervise her while we did this activity because I didn't want her eating any of it one because of her age and two because of the glue. I was pleasantly surprised that the only thing she tried to eat was the crayon. If you have an older child I suggest making sure you have enough brown sprinkles so they can try some. I also suggest cooking some rice afterward so they can eat that too. Heck, you could even make cookies with cinnamon and nutmeg if you feel up to it! I think we will try making another animal from the book every day this week. I'm thinking black construction paper and white chalk for the sheep, feathers for the bird, and bubble wrap and green paint for the frog.
We actually didn't have a chance to read the book this week until after the art project. Sorry the picture is so bad, just a mama and a baby here so this is what you get when you prop a camera up on a toy next to you. Oh yea and she has no shirt on because she reeked of nutmeg and she didn't like that smell so I took off her shirt. We were already into the book and she was loving it so I didn't stop just for a shirt. We are going to read the book every day this week. Repetition is sooooo important for young kids. It is how they learn! So what may become boring for us is making their minds grow! If you are into science then you know that repetition makes brain synapses get stronger (You have no idea how excited I am that I remember that from bio-psychology Sophomore year of college).
I read the book the normal way the first time. Then she wanted to read it again so I said the color only as we turned each page. Then we read it again and I said the animal name. She wanted to read it a fourth time so I made the animal noises. She really enjoyed looking at the last two pages. The one with the kids and the summary page. I just kept using descriptive words and pointing to the animals. She really seemed to enjoy it. I can't wait for her to start imitating the animal sounds and telling me the animal names and colors. Then she could read the story to me!
All in all we spent about 15-20 minutes on this little lesson. How did it go for you? Anyone else have a child covered in spices? Anyone else looking around your house and have no idea where to start in order to regain order?
If you need extension ideas check the lesson plan post. If you want to get ready for the rest of the month check this post.