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Welcome to Create, Explore, and Discover at Home! This week's post is all about flowers and insects, a fun focus for spring. There are a variety of resources below, starting with books, of course! I hope your family will enjoy exploring some of these resources, activities, and ideas together. Thank you so much for visiting. We'll add another group of books and resources in about a week. I'm already excited about our next theme--inventors and inventions! 

Books

Author Christie Matheson reads her cute interactive book, Plant a Tiny Seed

Author Eric Carle reads his beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. For additional activities on this book, visit the activities page on the official Eric Carle website.

Visit Scholastic Learn at Home to access several books and activities on this theme. Click the PreK and Kindergarten link. If you scroll to Week1/Day 2 and click “Take Me There,” you can watch/read one or both of the books or click the “BOOKFLIX” link to see even more choices. Two of the recommended books above, Waiting for Wings and Hi! Fly Guy, can be found in the "Animals and Nature" category of BOOKFLIX, along with other related books and more.   

Visit Unite for Literacy to access books  about insects, plants, spring, and more. 

MORE BOOKS!

Though access to school and public libraries may be limited or unavailable at the moment, you may have some of these titles at home or may be able to access them in ebook platforms available to you.

Hank’s Big Day by Evan Kuhlman
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons
(https://www.gailgibbons.com/teachers_guide.html)
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
(printable activity at https://kevinhenkes.com/picture-books/my-garden/)
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
(printable activity at https://www.harpercollins.com/9780060270889/the-grouchy-ladybug/)

Music

The book Senorita Mariposa is read in English and Spanish by the book’s author, Ben Gundersheimer (Mister G). He also sings a song about the book. Brightly Storytime is a partnership with Penguin Random House. 

This is the musical version of the Creepy Crawly Calypso book by Barefoot Books. 

Fingerplay

This is a great resource that not only has a cute musical version of this fingerplay but also offers many suggestions for how it can be used with young children. 

Arts and Crafts

How to Draw Spring Stuff Playlist

Click the image above to explore the How To Draw Spring Stuff playlist on YouTube from the Jensen family at Art for Kids Hub. 

How to Make a Paper Collage Butterfly from Arts & Crafts for Parents and Teachers

Science/STEM

The Butterfly Life Cycle by Harry Kindergarten Music

An ABC News report about the migration of monarch butterflies from Canada to Mexico each year 

How a Caterpillar Becomes a Butterfly by SciShow Kids

Professional LEGO artist Sean Kenney talks about his giant flower sculptures

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Other Activities

Create a colorful cement garden with sidewalk chalk! Kids can use their imaginations or reference some of the pictures in the resources above to draw and color a beautiful garden of flowers, butterflies, bugs, and more.  

If you have an area with nice flowers nearby, take a walk (while still practicing social distancing) and try to identify some of the flowers, tree buds, bugs, butterflies, etc. you may see.

If you have the supplies handy or can get them safely, bake and decorate some spring themed cookies (flowers, butterflies, ladybugs, umbrellas, and more). You can use cookie cutters if you have them handy, or kids can mold flattened dough into spring shapes before baking.

Write and illustrate a story (about bugs, butterflies, and flowers or anything your child chooses) then video chat with a friend or loved one and let your child read or tell their story to that person.

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Next Week - Inventors and Inventions!