Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

This week is art!

We started with a new hello song, Jim Gill’s “Oh Hey Oh Hi Hello.” Some of the kids were a bit shy and didn’t want to sing along, but they joined in by waving hello during the verses!

Our book today was Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.


This is a favorite of mine. I love that the buried gems get bigger and bigger as the book goes on, and I love that Sam and Dave decide that the experience was spectacular even though they didn’t find spectacular things. The kids really seem to like finding the dog and watching what he’s up to as the boys dig.

After our book it was time for stations:

  1. Treasure hunt.I made magic treasure rocks and hid them in the sandbox. I used this recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose and used little heart and star shaped mosaic stones as the treasures inside. After the kids found a rock, they brought it over to the water table and used eyedroppers and trays of vinegar to open them. I baked the rocks in the oven because I was short on time, and they were really hard in places. We ended up having to use plastic forks as makeshift pick axes!
  2. Blank treasure maps and crayons.
  3. Plastic gems with plates for color sorting.
  4. Tissue paper gems.I set out tissue paper squares, blank paper, scissors, glue sticks, and gem outlines. I instructed the kids to glue the tissue on the paper and cover a big area of it. Then glue the gem outline on top and cut around it. Some of them tried out different ways of putting them together, which was awesome. If we’d had more time, I would have loved to use a hole punch and yarn to make necklaces. The beautiful gem outlines are from Mini-Eco. I used a Cricut to cut them. 

    Next week is play!

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