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BLAST Early Learning


First the EggFirst the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
The acclaimed author gives a fresh presentation of the concepts of transformation and creativity in this book with simple die-cuts that magically present change from seed to flower, tadpole to frog, and caterpillar to butterfly.


One Little LambOne Little Lamb by Elaine Greenstein
Describes how a lamb's coat is made into yarn, which is made into mittens worn by a little girl when she visits the lamb on the farm



“First the…” Game
Create a large die with a picture on each side. Each picture should be the beginning phase of a sequence. Let the kids say “First a (picture), then a _______. Let them get creative with what they fill in the blanks. There may be more than one answer.

You can use a variety of pictures including:
baby (then the child, adult, preschool, etc.)
loaf of bread (then the toast, sandwich, etc.)
caterpillar (then the butterfly, moth)
snowflakes (then the snow storm, snowman,
snowball, etc.)
bee (then the honey, sting, etc.)
clouds (then the rain, storm, shade, etc.)



Repeat a Sequence of Sounds
Make different sounds with your hands, feet, and voice. Start with a 2-sound sequence, and let the kids repeat you. Change the sequence, and see if they can still follow it. As they get better, move to 3 sounds and then 4 sounds. If the kids are really good, see how many sounds they can link before it becomes too difficult.

Here are some sample sounds:


Vocabulary Word:

then : adv. soon after; next

“First the egg, then the chicken.”
(taken from First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger)



Math: Sing some counting songs
“This Old Man”
“The Ants Go Marching”
“Hickory Dickory Dock”
“One Two Buckle my Shoe”

Art: Illustrate Your Child's Day!
Ask your child to draw something about their day, talk about the picture with your child.

Science: Sequence the Sounds
What you need: 10 film canisters, kernels of popcorn
Put a kernel of popcorn in a film canister, in the next one put 2 kernels, then 3 and 4 and so on, up to 10 kernels. See if the children can shake them and sequence them by their sound from 1 to 10 kernels.



The Little Red HenThe Little Red Hen illustrated by Barry Downard
When the Little Red Hen asks the other barnyard animals who will help with the planting, reaping, and other chores they all say, "Not I," but when the work is done they all want a reward.


Rabbit's Pajama PartyRabbit's Pajama Party
by Stuart J. Murphy; illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz
A group of animal friends have fun at a pajama party while demonstrating activities that happen in a particular order or sequence.


We're Going on a Bear HuntWe're Going on a Bear Hunt
retold by Michael Rosen; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.


One Little Seed

One Little Seed by Elaine Greenstein
Follows a seed from the time it is planted until it grows into a beautiful flower