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BLAST Early Learning
Animal Babies

Books:

Seven Hungry Babies
by Candace Fleming; pictures by Eugene Yelchin

A mother bird frantically tries to keep her seven baby birds fed. But seven hungry hatchlings are a lot. Can one little mama manage them all?

 

Stuck in the Mud
by Jane Clarke; illustrations by Garry Parsons

In this cumulative, rhyming story, a little chick needs help from all his farmyard friends to get out of the mud.

 

Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee; illustrations by Kadir Nelson

Two toddlers have fun with their puppy.

 

Open-ended Questions for Seven Hungry Babies:

  • •How do you think the mama bird felt? Why?
    •What do you think is happening on this page? (on the page with the kids feet)
 

Song:

Five Little Chickadees (from Sing It! Say It! Stamp It! Sway It! Volume 2 by Peter and Ellen Allard - to listen to an mp3 sample, go to: http://peterandellen.com/product/sing-it-say-it-stamp-it-sway-it-volume-2/)

Five little chickadees knocking at the door
One flew away and then there were four.
Chickadee, chickadee, happy today.
Chickadee, chickadee, fly away.

Four little chickadees singing in a tree
One flew away and then there were three.
Chickadee, chickadee, happy today.
Chickadee, chickadee, fly away.

Three little chickadees didn't know what to do
One flew away and then there were two.
Chickadee, chickadee, happy today.
Chickadee, chickadee, fly away.

Two little chickadees sitting in the sun
One flew away leaving only one.
Chickadee, chickadee, happy today.
Chickadee, chickadee, fly away.

One little chickadees not having any fun
She flew away and then there were none.
Chickadee, chickadee, happy today.
Chickadee, chickadee, fly away.

 

Rhyme:

Ten Little Chicks
Five eggs and five eggs, (Hold up 10 fingers)
That makes ten.
Sitting on top is the mother hen. (Cover one hand with the other.)

Crack, crack, crack, (clap three times)
What do I see?
Ten little chicks as cute as can be! (Hold up ten fingers)


 

Vocabulary Word:

hatchling: n. a newly hatched bird
“ ‘Settle down, sweet hatchlings,’ Mama Bird coos…”
(taken from Seven Hungry Babies by Candace Fleming; pictures by Eugene Yelchin)

 

Activities:

Math

Make a graph with different adult animals down the side, such as a chicken, a dog, and a cat.  Cut out pictures of these animals babies (chicks, puppies, and kittens). Let each child pick which animal baby is their favorite and put it next to their mother on the graph. Compare and contrast the totals.

Art/Craft

Give the children an 8.5 x 11 piece of paper with the outline of a bottom half of an egg drawn on the bottom half of the page. Let the kids draw a picture of an animal that hatches from an egg (snake, turtle, chick, etc.) Tell the child to draw the picture of the animal coming out of the egg.  Then give each child the top half on an egg cut from an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. Using a paper fastener, attach the top half of the egg onto the picture, covering the animal. When they are finished, other students can guess what animal is underneath, and flip up the top half of the egg to reveal the answer.

Science

Talk with your children about how chicks are born from eggs. When it is time for them to hatch, the chicks use their beaks to peck at their eggshells until the shells break open. Ask the children to imagine that they are chicks in eggs, ready to be born. Invite them to act out breaking through their shells. Then encourage them to hop around and explore their brand-new world.

 

Literature:

Hello Baby!
by Mem Fox; illustrated by Steve Jenkins

A baby encounters a variety of young animals, including a clever monkey, a hairy warthog, and a dusty lion cub, before discovering the most precious creature of all.

 

Pouch! by David Ezra Stein

A baby kangaroo takes his first tentative hops outside of his mama's pouch, meeting other creatures and growing bolder each time.

 

A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann

As four kittens who have never seen winter watch the seasons pass, three of them declare the reasons they will dislike snow when it arrives, while the fourth cannot wait to experience it for himself.

 

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.