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BLAST Early Learning
What if?

Books:

What Shall We Play?What Shall We Play? by Sue Heap

Lily May and her friends have fun pretending to be trees, cars, cats, Jell-O, and fairies.

 

I Like MyselfI Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

In rhyming text, a little girl expresses confidence and joy in her uniqueness, no matter her outward appearance.

 

 

Rhyme:

Shape Monster (Feltboard)

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a red circle for your lunch?
Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch munch
How about a blue square for your lunch?
Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch
How about a yellow triangle for your lunch?

Shape Monster, Shape Monster
Munch, munch, munch,
Hope you enjoyed your shape lunch!

 

Song:

Oh If I Were…

Oh, if I were a tiny snake,
A tiny snake, a tiny snake,
Oh, if I were a tiny snake,
I'd slither around the zoo.
Oh, if I were an elephant,
An elephant, an elephant,
Oh, if I were an elephant,
I'd march around the zoo.
Oh, if I were a kangaroo,
A kangaroo, a kangaroo,
Oh, if I were a kangaroo,
I'd hop around the zoo.
But since I am a little kid,
A little kid, a little kid,
But since I am a little kid,
I’ll just hold hands with you!

 

Vocabulary Word:

Tame: adj. No longer wild, calm, quiet.

Example:"I like me wild. I like me tame."
(taken from I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont)

 

Activities:

Milk a Cow

Encourage the children to pretend to be farmers, using any props you have available. Ahead of time, make a pinhole in each fingertip of a latex glove. Outside, hang a clothesline about three feet above the ground. Clip the prepared glove to the clothesline with a spring-type clothespin. Place a pail below the glove and a low stool or chair beside it. To help the kids understand more about cows, milk a glove! Fill the prepared glove with water. Let the kids take turns squeezing the fingertips of the glove as if milking, so that the water goes into the bucket. Now the kids can milk the cow! Take one saw horse, wrapped numerous layers of newspaper around the middle and then a brown blanket. Add yarn tail, paint some spots on saw horse legs, add cow face, made from a shoebox, rubber glove for utters, the children milked it, rode it, combed its tail. One of the best learning experiences for farm in a long time - everyone had a great time.

Snow on You

Use shredded paper as snow. The children love "playing in the snow."  Put on hats, gloves, scarves, etc. It's a great language learning experience. The best part is you don't have to get wet and cold to learn about snow, winter clothing, and body parts, and it's an easy clean up.

Train station or a train itself!

Set up chairs in rows like on a train and maybe a table where you buy tickets. Bring in some suitcases. Make passports and get them stamped.

Restaurant

Tables, tablecloths, menus, and writing tablets for taking orders can be placed in the dramatic play area. Paste pictures of food on the menus. A sign for the area could be "Eating for Health."

Animal Training

Need: Hula Hoop, stuffed animals, and an imagination. Bring out hula hoops and let the kids train their animals to go through the hoops.

 

Literature:

Black All AroundBlack All Around by Patricia Hubbell

An African American girl contemplates the many wonderful black things around her, from the inside of a pocket, where surprises hide, to the cozy night where there is not light.

 

How Can You DanceHow Can You Dance? by Rick Walton

Rhyming text explores the many ways one can dance, like the leader of a marching band, like a crab on a sunny day, like a tree as it waves in the breeze.

 

Whose ShoeWhose Shoe? by Margaret Miller

Illustrates a variety of footwear and matches each wearer with the appropriate shoe.

 

Clap Your HandsClap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley

Rhyming text instructs the listener to find something yellow, roar like a lion, give a kiss, tell a secret, spin in a circle and perform other playful activities along with the human and animal characters pictured.

Imogene's AntlersImogene’s Antlers by David Small

On Thursday, Imogene wakes up with a pair of antlers growing out of her head and causes a sensation wherever she goes.

 

Catching the Wild WaiyuuzeeCatching The Wild Waiyuuzee

by Rita Williams-Garcia

As she tries to escape her mother’s efforts to "plait-a-plait" and "string-a-bead" her hair, a young girl imagines herself running away into a jungle.