Creepy Carrots!

MBS just loved this book!

Creepy Carrots written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter Brown.

It really was just a hit with him. The story is about a carrot loving rabbit who starts seeing “creepy carrots” everywhere. While it is a “scary” book it didn’t scare my almost 4 year old and it has a wonderful twist at the end.

I decided since MBS loved this book so much we should do a craft to go along with it. I had all the supplies ready for him when he woke up one morning, he was thrilled! (3 cheers for prepared Mommy!)

Supplies:

  • Orange foam sheets, I pre-cut carrot shapes and stalks but an older child could do this on their own.
  • Foam glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Orange pom poms
  • Marker to draw mouths
Supplies
Oh, that glue was hard to squeeze!
Smile carrots!
Beware… the creepy carrots!

Just be warned, not only are they creepy and may show up anywhere around the house they also…

make nice swords!

I’m linking up to Link and Learn at No Time for Flashcards, Read, Explore, Learn at JDaniel4’s Mom, and Tuesday Tots at In Lieu of Preschool. Please visit their sites to get more ideas of activities for your preschooler. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

Blueberries for Sal {BFIAR}

We “rowed” our first book, Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky. I have to say that this is not one of my favorite books, the mom not paying attention to where her daughter was drove this overprotective Mommy nuts! However it didn’t bother MBS at all. We read a lot of other berry books as rowed, our favorites being One Little Blueberry by Tammy Salzano a cute counting book and Blackberry Banquet by Terry Pierce which was amusing and had wonderful illustrations.

We read a lot of books.
MBS photobomb.

We started off our “B” week with a hike around a beaver pond where we didn’t see any beavers but we did have an adventure having to cross a creek without a bridge.

Ryan and MBS crossing the creek.

They braved the logs, I knew my own klutziness and took off my shoes and waded across. We had a fun hike and a yummy picnic lunch, and saw bugs, birds, and squirrels.

I wanted our first “row” to be memorable and fun so I had ordered a baby and momma bear to add to MBS plastic animal collection. He was so surprised when he got out of his bath and found a present waiting for him. He spent another hour wrapping up toys and giving them to me as gifts– too cute.

“It’s a bear!”

One afternoon, fed up Mommy decided to clean up disaster that was MBS’s room. As I cleaned and organized with MBS’s “help” I set down a Baby Blanket and we found things that started with B and put it on the blanket. This was a very Mommy activity, MBS isn’t really there yet but we talked about why some things qualified to go on the blanket and why others didn’t and we got the room clean!

B: Blue dog, Beach ball, ball, box, bag, Barbie, books, beaver, bird, bear, bunny, bandana, Blue, bowl, butterfly, beads, block, and Bazinga (the sock monkey).

And I can’t be the only Mom out there who wants photographic proof that their kids rooms are clean sometimes. 🙂

Clean! For at least 12 hours. 🙁

We used blue pom poms and a small pail to “pick” berries and feed them to our bears, we used the printout pail (from Homeschool Creations) to count blueberries and match them to the printout number. MBS is finally able to use the little tongs to pick up and move things so he spent a long time putting blueberries (aka pom poms) in and out of ice cube trays. We also played with our little plastic bear with the directional word book and then later MBS glued the pictures of little bear in the right spot. One of my plans was to potato stamp blueberries and make baskets over them like I saw on Little Page Turners but when I saw the pom pom painting on Delightful Learning I was sure MBS would rather do that (he LOVES pom poms!) so I asked and he said, “pom poms!” Another activity I had planned was to make mini blueberry pies and I was really getting down on myself when I finally decided to just LET IT GO, MBS wouldn’t eat them– he prefers to just eat the frozen berries plain so why was I doing this to myself. We did eat the frozen blueberries, fresh black berries that we picked on our property, and had yummy blueberry pomegranate juice. MBS favorite activities have been drawing, cutting, and gluing stuff– he’s really on a creative kick right now.

We’re sticking with bears for at least another week as we’re on to a study of hibernation. I’m linking up to Preschool Corner, the Weekly Wrap-Up and the Before Five in a Row list, please visit them for more ideas. Thanks for stopping by.
Delightful Learning

A is for Apple, Again

We had a pretty good first week focusing on apples and the letter A. I followed MBS’s lead, encouraging but not pushing. He didn’t want to do any of the line or letter tracing activities, and he wasn’t too enthused about the counting activities but did do a few with me. I was impressed with how well he did on the size sorting, pattern finishing, and shape matching activities– though he got completely goofy while doing them.

MBS’s favorite activity all week long was cutting and gluing, while doing an “A” craft with me or making his own “creatures”, and I think my favorite part was when we went on a hike at Tolmie State Park on Ryan’s day off. We also ate apples, drank apple juice, made an apple dessert (which he wouldn’t eat), and picked apples in our orchard.

I believe all of the printouts we used this week were from Confessions of a Homeschooler. We did an apple paper plate craft that I’ve seen lots of places, made an Apatosaurus out of a paper plate, made an apple tree, and stacked 10 Apples on Top.

Linking up with Preschool Corner, please visit Jolanthe’s site to see what other preschoolers are doing. Thanks for stopping by.