We LOVE books and art activities that extend and enrich our children's learning. Here is an activity to go along with a fable called The Donkey and The Wolf. This painting would also be great with the song America the Beautiful.
3. Our grass was mostly dry when the animals were ready, so we began to stamp a field of flowers onto the grass using different colors and an up-down motion with the brush. I reminded them to keep the flowers on the bottom half (my 2 year old is working on this concept)! If you do this while the grass is still wet, the colors get very muddy looking.
4. The kids then glued their characters onto the setting. My 5 year old added speech bubbles to her animals which is a great way to include writing into your projects! They then practiced re-telling the story and hung their pictures on the fridge!
What is great about projects like these is that you can extend or support the activity depending on the age and needs of your child. A 5 year old that has finished kindergarten may add speech bubbles. A 7 year old may re-write the tale with different characters. A 2 year old may be just working on the process and understanding of fables. It is important to know that you can adapt these activities to meet the needs of your individual child! Most importantly, HAVE FUN!
5 year old version
2 year old version with Mommy drawn characters
Things we've learned:
This activity re-enforced position words, the concept of a story setting, and provided an opportunity for story retelling. It also gave the children an opportunity to interact with different mediums and have some fine motor practice (painting, coloring, cutting, and pasting)