This week’s theme was rocks! Our first book wasn’t exactly about rocks, but it does feature a little pink pig who sits on a rock in a pond. Rodrigo Folgueira’s Ribbit! is the story of a family of frogs who are shocked to discover a piglet in their pond. The only thing this piglet will say is “ribbit.” Why is he there? What does he want? The frogs decide to find out. The story is beautifully illustrated by Poly Bernatene. Our second book was Leslie McGuirk’s If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet. McGuirk’s book is a twist on the classic alphabet book. She creates letters and pictures using found rocks. The kids really enjoyed trying to guess what the next letter of the alphabet would stand for. They also had fun thinking of other words McGuirk could have used for the different letters.
We had a dance marathon this week. We started with “The Tempo Marches On,” moved to “Spaghetti Legs,” and finished up with “Silly Dance Contest,” all by Jim Gill.
Our activity this week was really fun. The night before, I made “magic treasure rocks” using baking soda, water, food coloring, glitter, sequins, and small toys. I let them dry overnight. The next morning, I filled a spray bottle with vinegar. I put the “rocks” in a plastic bin, and let each kid take a turn with the spray bottle. The vinegar reacted with the baking soda, causing the rocks to foam and bubble. After they were done spraying, the kids were allowed to break apart the rocks and play with them.
I found this activity on Growing a Jeweled Rose, a fantastic blog with hundreds of recipes and ideas for play time fun and learning.
Our craft this week was a pirate treasure full of jewels!
The larger jewels and smaller jewels can both be found at another wonderful blog, minieco. The treasure chest I used can be found at Coolest Free Printables, but the site requires that you register (for free). It would also be cute to punch two holes in the gems and lace yarn through them to make a necklace.
Next week, we’ll be reading about mud. Join us!