One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree

This week is movement!

We started with an old favorite of mine, Move! by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page.

Move!

I love both the action word packed text and the beautiful cut paper illustrations. There are so many different animals and animal movements described, and it would be fun to have the kids mimic some of the movements as you read.

Our second book was a new favorite of mine, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom and Brendan Wenzel.

eucalyptus

I recently discovered this book on our new shelf, and I love it. The text is lyrical and full of action and movement, and the illustrations of the jungle, animals, and the snake’s deep, dark belly are bright and funny.

After our stories, we danced to Jim Gill’s “Knuckles, Knees.” Because it’s so fast paced and so different from “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” we did it twice so they could practice first and familiarize themselves with it.

Next, we played with our movement dice. I used different movement words from One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree. The sides read:

  1. Twist Twist
  2. Stretch
  3. Zip
  4. Slide
  5. Wiggle Waggle
  6. Skip

After everyone had a turn to throw the dice, we went to our stations:

  1. Foam blocks.
  2. Animal collages. We used paper, markers, scissors, glue sticks, and animal pictures to create our animal artwork. This would be even more fun with discarded nature magazines!
  3. Move! animal magnets on the magnet wall. Unfortunately, this one was a bust. They weren’t into it.
  4. Play dough and plastic animals.

Because we had a very small group, I was able to make a batch with the kids. I used a fantastic recipe from Playdough to Plato. I’ve not had great success with homemade play dough in the past, but every batch I made with this recipe turned out really well. It was soft and pliable but not sticky. I recommend giving it a try!

Next week is art!

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