Thursday, April 22, 2010

Play School: Flowers and Gardens

Concepts: How do flowers grow? What creatures live in gardens and help the plants?
Activities/art/games: Bumblebee thumbprints; cupcake liner and pipe cleaner flower bouquets. We were going to go outside to water the flowers and look for garden creatures and seeds, but it was raining.
Books: Buzz, Bee, Buzz! by Dana Meachen Rau; Wildflowers Around the Year by Hope Ryden; I Wonder What It's Like to be a Worm by Erin M. Hovanec; The Reason for a Flower by Ruth Heller; The Magic School Bus Plants Seeds: A Book About How Living Things Grow by Joanna Cole; A Seed, A Flower, A Minute, An Hour by Joan W. Blos; Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson
Songs/fingerplays: Here is the beehive (hold up fist)
But where are the bees? (shrug)
Hidden away where nobody sees! (cover fist with other hand)
Watch and you'll see them come out of the hive.
One, two, three, four, five! (reveal fingers one by one from closed fist)
Buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz!
Snack: Dirt (crushed Oreos), mud (chocolate pudding), and worms (thinly sliced bananas)

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