April 20 - 24, 2020: Nature!

Hello all! Another week has passed and I'm missing your kids and our school so much. There are so many fun things we would have been doing at school right now. This week we would have taken a nature walk at Molalla River State Park, just down Holly St. They have a couple great ponds there that are easy to get to. I'm not sure if that park is available for use, but if it is you could take your children there for a nature scavenger hunt.

There is not a playground at this park, so there's no need to worry about your kids begging you to play on the equipment. I've included links to printables.

CCP love and hugs, Jen

Topic/Theme: Nature, Frogs, Ponds, Ducks, Bugs

Books: (All on YouTube Playlist)

  • Going on a Nature Hunt read by Teacher Jen

  • The Teeny Weeny Tadpole by Sheridan Cain

  • In the Small Small Pond by Denise Fleming

  • Just A Day At The Pond by Mercer Mayer

  • The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle

Songs/Movement: (All on YouTube Playlist)

  • 5 Green and Speckled Frogs

  • Frog Song

  • Five Little Ducks

  • Spring is Here

  • Insect Song


Crafts:

  • Paint with mud! Can you make mud from water and dirt? Can you use a paintbrush from nature?

  • Make a frog from a paper plate! Use paint, crayons or markers to color the paper plate green on one side and red on the other side. Fold the paper plate in half. Cut out eyes and legs and glue them on. Add a long curly tongue.

  • You can go all out and make a frog life-cycle edible craft! Or just use the idea and create from paper.

Other ideas:

  • Go on a nature walk and do a scavenger hunt! We would have gone to Molalla River State Park for a nature walk around the ponds.

  • This is a fun alternative to the scavenger hunt. You can count how many of each item you see.

  • Collect some rocks. You can count them! You sort them by color or size! You can use them to make shapes or letters. Can you spell your name?

  • Science: Collect materials from your nature walk and do an experiment to see what sinks and what floats. Be sure to make a guess first about what you think will sink or float, then try it out in a tub of water. Are you surprised by your results?

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