The Carrot Seed Carrot Craft

The children’s book The Carrot Seed is a simple classic that teaches perseverance, and the method of planting a seed and helping it grow. This delightful story, which was first published in 1945, has never been out of print. The Ruth Krauss’ straightforward text and Crockett Johnson’s clean illustrations work to create a timeless, victorious, and fulfilling story for readers of any generation.

A small boy plants a carrot seed. Unfortunately, everyone in the boy’s family is certain the seed will not grow.

“I’m afraid it won’t come up,” they each say.

However, the boy remains self-assured in the carrot seed’s potential and his own ability to care for it. Eventually, he is able to harvest a carrot that measures the size of his faith.

Now your young learners can have a huge carrot of their own that they can be proud of. Simply provide each child with a carrot (pre-K children should cut out their own), and a sheet of orange construction paper. Have the children tear the paper into small pieces. Then encourage them to glue the scraps onto the carrot until most of the white paper is covered. To complete the project, they will glue green strips of paper for the carrot top.

Materials Used:

– Green and orange construction paper
– Our triangle carrot template
– Glue
– Scissors


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Owl Babies Art Activities

My first year of teaching I discovered a wonderful book, Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell, and beautifully illustrated by Patrick Benson.

Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother missing. “Where’s mommy?” they wonder. Exactly where mommy is makes a wonderful story. In subsequent years, I have read this book to all my classes for Mother’s Day, and have found that it never fails to capture the children’s imagination. After reading the book, the children love making their very own owls, painted with bubble wrap, to take home. I like to extend this curriculum later in the week. We often have a group discussion about owls, their habitats, and the fact that they are nocturnal animals. I then like to follow up with some feather painting.


OWLS – MATERIALS USED:

– Our owl template
– Construction paper
– Large googly eyes
– Feathers
– Paint
– Bubble wrap
– Glue

FEATHER PAINTING – MATERIALS USED:

– Stiff feathers
– Paint
– Construction paper


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Charlie Rooster Shape Craft

This Charlie Rooster shape craft is a fabulous extension to the story Friends written and illustrated by Helme Heine. Together, these activities teach pro-social behavior, shape knowledge, and color recognition.

As children grow, they become increasingly interested in establishing friendships. Friends provide stimulation, assistance, camaraderie, and affection.

Charlie Rooster, Johnny Mouse, and Percy the pig are the best of friends. They do everything together. They ride their bike together, play games together, and even do their chores together. Because that’s what best friends do. This charming book glorifies friendship; proving that friends can make even the most simple, everyday delights seem extraordinary. In cheerful watercolors, Helme Heine depicts the tremendous spirit of these adorable animals, who are filled with the enthusiasm and pleasure of companionship.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Craft foam
– Our free circles template
– Scissors
– Glue
– Dot markers
– Googly eyes
– Heart cutouts/Fiskars heart squeeze punch
– Feathers
– Crayons


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Feed the Bunnies Counting Activity

I’ve been teaching for many years, and I am always looking for inexpensive, new ways to present learning opportunities to the children. I recently put together this free Feed the Bunnies math game. This colorful teaching tool attracts the children’s attention, and increases number sense (counting, number recognition, etc.).

We will be using this activity as an extension to the story Home For a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. This book is about a bunny is in search of the perfect home in spring. However, when he meets a family of robins, a frog, and a groundhog, the bunny realizes that not every home he finds will suit him. The bunny eventually comes upon the perfect home and someone to share it with. The beautiful illustrations of Garth Williams bring the story to life.

MATERIALS USED:

– White card stock
– Plastic cups
– Our free printable numbered bunnies (1-10)
– Googly eyes
– Cotton balls
– Stapler
– Easter grass
– Plastic carrots (Walmart)


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Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm Pig Craft

We’ve been having such a good time with our farm unit. We read Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm, by Joy Cowley, on Monday and Tuesday, and the children have asked to read it again every day since. I guess you could say they have a slight obsession with the Mrs. and her silly animals. In this story, the animals flee the farm in order to get out of a good scrubbing.

“No more washing!” they say.

The animals make their way into the city where adventure ensues. My kids really enjoy the part where the animals find themselves in a hardware store and make a mess with the paint. So I am hoping that they will also enjoy thumb printing their own splattered pigs.



MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Our free downloadable pig template
– Finger paints
– Googly eyes
– Pink pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Glue
– Scissors
– Crayons


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