January 2009


49) Growing, Growing!

Materials: clear jar or glass, paper towel, sand or soil, popcorn kernels

Directions: Take a clear jar and fold a paper towel so it fits inside the jar. Put sand or soil inside the paper towel. Drop several beans or popcorn kernels between the paper towel and the cup. Water and place in a sunny spot. Children can observe the seed, root, and stem as they grow.

Adaptations: Put an old sock over your shoe and walk on the playground where there are a lot of weeds. Place the sock in a zip bag. Water the sock and punch a few small holes in the bag. Hang in a sunny window and watch it grow!

50) Feely Socks

Materials: old socks, common objects such as a ball, block, crayon, spoon, shell, sponge, coin, magnetic letter, etc.

Directions: Place a different item in the toe of each sock. Tie a knot in the top of the sock. Have children feel the sock and then try to guess what it is. You could also number the socks and ask the children to write or draw pictures of what they think is in each sock.

Adaptations: Put unusual items in the socks, such as styrofoam packing, a scouring pad, or items from nature. Let the children reach in the sock and identify the different objects.

51) Lunch Sack Book

Materials: brown lunch sacks brad fasteners markers, crayons, paper, glue, etc.

Directions: Stack up 4 or five sacks. Punch holes near the open end and bind with brad fasteners. Fold over the bottom of each sack to make a flap. Open flaps and draw objects or glue magazine pictures to the sacks. Fold over the flap so part of the object is revealed. Children guess what is hidden and then open and see.

Lunch Sack Book

Hint! You can also use photos for this book.

52) Baggie Book

Materials: zip sandwich bags photos or magazine pictures stapler

Directions: You will need 4 or 5 sandwich bags for each book. Cut the photos or magazine pictures into 5 ½” squares. Let children choose four pictures and insert them in the bags. Zip shut. Stack the bags and staple together.

Hint! Cut paper into squares and let children draw their own pictures for their books. Collect leaves and other natural objects and use them to make baggie books.

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