Yes, it's mid July and we've only done three story times. Our plan was to meet once a week throughout the summer, but who can make plans when kids are involved? Illnesses, vacations, illnesses, swimming lessons, more illnesses. This is life.
Theme: Water - We use water for different purposes.
Books: Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Constanza Basaluzzo
The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog by Ana Martin Larranaga
One Rainy Day by Tammi Salzano
The Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup
Learning Concept: Some animals live in water.
First we read and sang Five Green and Speckled Frogs. Then, we went fishing to save all the land animals. We used animal flashcards with paper clips on them and a magnetic fishing pool, which was just made of a wooden dowel, twine and a magnet on the end. (My friend Emily made the fishing pool for L to go along with some felt fish. She is super talented with making handmade gifts. You can check out her shop, Simple October, on Facebook.)
The boys saved the zebra, jaguar, panda, etc., and they left the fish, walrus, duck, alligator, etc. in the pool.
Learning Concept: People and animals use water to live. We drink water and use it for food.
We read The Big Wide-Mouthed Frog, and then the moms helped the boys whip up some brownies and Kool-aid. Betty Crocker's Warm Delights are perfect for this activity. The brownies come in individual bowls and the boys had to measure out the water and stir up the batter. Then, they had to squeeze fudge from a packet into the batter before we microwaved the brownies.
Learning Concept: People and animals use water for playing.
We read One Rainy Day. Then, it was time to get a little wet and messy! The Kool-aid art was a hit and turned out so cool. Just sprinkle some of the powder mix on white construction paper and squirt with water. This was the perfect activity for this book!
Each of the boys had his own spray bottle, so they played a little spray tag while their art projects were drying in the sun.
Learning Concept: People and animals use water for cleaning.
We read The Big Smelly Bear. Such a cute book! The boys had fun washing the animals in the pool. A kiddie pool, plastic animals, and a little baby soap is all you need for this activity. Their hands were pretty stained from the Kool-aid art, so this was a perfect ending to our storytime playdate. The boys got washed up, too!
Every time we meet, we have so much fun; perhaps more fun than the boys. I can't wait until our next story time. It's going to be a picnic theme...