There are so many amazing Eric Carle books and accompanying activities that it couldn't be contained in a single post. You could reference both this post and my Eric Carle Part 1 post and do Eric Carle week... or Eric Carle month! Maybe focus on one book per day???
First up is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Our afternoon snack was brown bear themed... brown teddy grahams and gold goldfish crackers. I looked for green frog gummies, but couldn't find them and no one seemed to mind.
The chocolate teddy grahams would work well too.
As they ate, we talked about AB patterns and ABB patterns and the boys created those.
For our craft, I printed off the Brown Bear memory game HERE and as we read the story aloud, the kids strung the cards along with beads onto their yarn to make a story sequencing necklace.
Luke immediately informed me that there was no white dog and Griffin was more into matching the cards onto the pictures in the book, but it was still fun.
The boys strung the pictures onto ribbon and Luke even added beads They both remembered the order without us even having to read the book!
And of course we had to sing the Brown Bear song :)
And in case you couldn't understand my giggly singing, here are the lyrics...
Brown bear, brown bear, turn around.
Brown, bear, brown bear, touch the ground.
Brown bear, brown bear, reach up high.
Brown bear, brown hear, touch the sky.
Brown bear, brown bear, bend down low.
Brown bear, brown bear, touch your toe.
And if you want a video that will put ours to shame, have your kids watch this super cute girl rap the brown bear book. My kids watched this AT LEAST a dozen times.
Our last brown bear activity we completed after Griffin was in bed. I gave the boys each a brown bear worksheet I found online where they had to write the color under the picture and then color the animals.
Surprise, Surprise. Mason wanted to do his own thing ;) I wrote the words out for him and then he traced over them.
Luke worked independently and he even thought to number them in the correct order that they appear in the book.
Next we focused on the Mixed Up Chameleon.
I printed out this picture (I cropped out the text on the bottom before I printed) for each of the kids.
I took one piece of each of the colors of tissue paper in this package and cut it into thirds so each kid had a piece of every color.
They tore the tissue up and then glued them onto the sections of the chameleon.
Griffin only wanted to do the glue and she FREAKED when it was someone else's turn with the glue bottle.
"I CAN'T HAVE ALL THE GLUE ALL THE TIME!!! OH, THE INJUSTICE!!!"
#littlesisterproblems ;) hahaha
Mason wanted to do everything independently. Every. Thing. And his turned out fabulous :)
Next, each of the kids painted a paper plate with watercolors.
They covered their whole plate and we even tried out splatter painting.
While the plates dried, I drew and cut out a chameleon on three plain white plates.
We popped the white plate on top of the painted plates and popped a brad through the middle. When you spin the plate the chameleon changes colors!
And since we were talking about changing colors, we had to do the carnation/food coloring experiment as well.
We put food coloring in four glasses of water...
I didn't take into consideration how long the flowers were going to take to change color, so unfortunately they hadn't changed much by the time I was working on this post. If you decide to do this, be prepared to wait a day or so for them to change.
Up next we read The Grouchy Ladybug while the kids ate the cutest snack ever.
It was adorable until they all wanted to lick the icing off and all of their mouths turned black :) I think next time I'd just sharpie dots onto the wrapper.
I made and printed these little ladybug graphs. The boys each rolled a dice 20 times (the number of times was arbitrary) and graphed each roll above the ladybug with the corresponding number of spots.
Luke LOVED this activity and he thought it was so funny how he never got a five! This was a great math teacher moment for me and I got to introduce a little bit of experimental probability. He kept saying "a five is next! A five HAS to be next" and I got to explain how the chances of rolling a 5 was actually the same every time he rolled.
Then we all practiced our best "grouchy" face :)
We cut the polka dot plates in half and attached them with a brad to a plain white plate and then cut out and taped on simple heads.
The kids didn't know I had printed off their grouchy faces from earlier and I put them under the wings :)
You can check out our previous Family Book Club days below. Just click on the graphics!
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