Monday, June 30, 2014

Sensory Play with Quiet Bunny

Sensory play in the great outdoors

Exploration of colors, textures, smells, temperatures... Our book of the months is "Quiet Bunny's Many Colors" by Lisa McCue. Quiet Bunny - the ultimate guide to sensory play activities for bunnies... and toddlers. So this month we went to the Great Outdoors and tried to explore the big world with all the senses we had.

It's time for a Poppins Book Nook - a book club that goes live on the last Monday of each months. The exciting theme for this month is "Great Outdoors". You can find our previous books and activities here:
The Runaway Bunny
Little Blue Truck
The Little Speckled Hen

Quiet Bunny's Many Colors

How does it feel to have the warm sun on the nose? Or the tickly grass between the toes? We had to witness that, and much more, first hand. Quiet Bunny is such a great inspiration! This beautifully written book offer very busy bright illustrations that are quite explorations by themselves. We played "look and find" with this book - a lot! Every time Camilla looked at the page, she could find some new animal or bug, or object. All are so pretty!

Quiet Bunny stayed very adventures throughout the book making Camilla think and wonder, and giving us ideas for the sensory play.

He covered himself in sticky honey and dandelions because he wanted to be yellow. We had to play and paint with honey too!
He fell into the stream next to a green frog that tried to catch a fly with the long tongue(yes, we tried the tongue thing, LOL).
He ran blind through the grass because his eyes were covered with the lily pad. We had to discover that we need our eyes to see when we run through the grass.
He tumbled down the hill. How does it feel? We tried to pause and talk about it - work in progress!
Quiet Bunny turned blue with the help of blueberry juice - that is not new. It is also very messy! Even Camilla knows that ;) Our To Do list for July: visit a blueberry patch and read "Jamberry" by Bruce Degen.
The bunny leaped and frolicked under the rain. Camilla did too and loved it! How do June showers feel? - warm, wet, and fun! Camilla liked to get some rain drops in the cup.
Quiet Bunny covered himself in red clay. Oh, this is very messy. I'll try to stay brave and let Camilla have some wet clay this summer.
Quiet Bunny talked to a water reflection of the large owl. We observed the colors and surfaces of several ponds in the parks and in this book. Then Camilla had to mix colors to paint her own lake for her Dad's birthday. You can read about it here: Learning about Birds: Art and Dance

According to Lisa McCue, "We are all beautiful!"

Play and Paint with Honey

We set up our sensory exploration station outside. First, we had to gather the flowers. Camilla had to play with the flowers in water for quite some time.

She tasted honey and found it "yummy".

Then, she started painting bunny with her fingers and with the brush. The bunny is laminated - great for sticky honey, and we were able to wash bunnies after the play. The laminated picture stayed perfectly fine. Kids were happy to take their bunnies home for more play.

The sticky nature of the honey "paint" gives the painting experience the whole new perspective! The flowers stuck to the picture and dried fast. It was not that easy to wash them out in the pool. We had to scrub.

While the bunny was drying out, we added more fun to the "honey paint". The girls enjoyed painting the rest of the bunnies and the table with shaving cream and paints mixed in.

Finally, everybody got tired of painting everything they saw around. Washing time with colorful sponges brought in the new fun all by itself.

Great Outdoors

I hope you enjoy following a group of these wonderful bloggers - hosts of Poppins Book  Nook!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

 Poppins Book Nook Giveaway!

Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers
a chance to win a brand new storybook
that ties in with our theme for the month.
This month one lucky entrant will win
a copy of the classic storybook Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping as no one brings that certain flair and fun to the great outdoors like Amelia Bedelia. The winner will also win an Uncle Milton Nat Geo Starry Night Lantern so whether you live in the countryside or in the city your child can experience some of the great outdoors while reading your storybook.
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