~Eliana is 3 years 9 months and Malachi is 5 years 8 months ~
I wasn't planning on rowing this particular book this week. I printed out a few activities when I requested the book online (from another library in our system), and quickly came up with a few more when it arrived so quickly!
We focused on a general overview of the alphabet, signing our abc's, recognizing the letters (Eliana) and their sounds (Malachi), abc order (Malachi), upper and lower case matching, spelling our name . . . and of course, bunnies!
Our Learning Shelf ~
Day 1: Read book, walk to city park and look for bunnies (saw one hopping through a vacant lot), knit while kids play, bunny visit on the way home, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom video, Sensory Tub
ABC Pong Ball Sensory Tub
- Trick pong balls (from game section at Walmart) and alphabet stickers
- Cups and spoon for spooning, scooping, pouring and playing the Trick Pong Ball game
- Yellow split peas ~ to keep the balls from rolling in the tub
The trick pong ball game is played by bouncing the ball or rolling it off your nose (or other tricks), then letting it bounce and land in the cup.
It was a little hard for Eliana, but she was so excited when she landed one in the cup. I had her and Malachi say the sound of the phonogram before shooting.
They spooned, scooped and poured ~ and the pong balls turned into ice cream scoops and we had an ice cream tasting party ~ creating flavors based on the phonogram on the ball (b was blueberry, etc.)
It was also a very popular tub with the older boys who said this was their "favorite one so far."
Day 2: Read book and listen to ABC Bunny Song, ABC Hunt, ABC Bunny Activity Card, Upper/Lower case matching, Sensory Tub,
Upper/Lower Case Matching:
This matching activity from Homeschool Creations is perfect for little ones learning about upper/lower case ~ the picture puzzle helps them make the connection.
ABC Bunny Activity Card:
Using words and pictures from the book, this a perfect go-along for The ABC Bunny.
Bunny Nuggets ~Tiny Knit Bunny:
I thought these were so sweet! The only change I made to this pattern was to crochet the ears instead of knit them. (I didn't think I would have the patience to knit so tiny in the round). These are really simple and fun to make ~ and I had to resist making more!
Day 3: Read book, ABC Bunny animal classification cards, Signing Time: ABC Signs (Vol. 5), ABC Signing Time Flashcards, Spell My Name (practice signing/spelling our name), Upper/Lower case matching, Bunny Tangrams, ABC Bedtime Bath Fun
Upper/Lower Case Matching:
I thought it was so sweet how he was encouraging her and helping her along (she played along nicely because I know she can do this on her own).
ABC Bath Texture Letters
I thought these would be fun texture letters good for lots of activities, but the classic use won out. They have enjoyed playing with these in the tub this week.
There was so much more we could have done with an alphabet theme. . . too much!
1+1+1=1 (More ideas for ages 1-3)
Preschool Corner &5K too! (More ideas for ages 4-5)
T.O.B.Y Homes-Cool Highlights @ Hearts in Training
Read. Explore. Learn.
ABC review @ Confessions of a Homeschooler