{BFIAR} Play With Me, Pond Life, and a Trip to the Aquarium

We’ve spend a week and a half discovering pond life with Play With Me.  In this book a young girl goes to a pond and tries to play with the animals but she scares them away because she is loud.  Only when she is quiet and patient do all the animals come out and ‘play’ with her.

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We discussed the emotion of loneliness, as the girl was lonely because the animals ran away and did not want to play with her.  We talked about how people feel when they’re lonely, if she’s ever felt lonely, and how we can make someone who is lonely feel better.  It was so sweet hearing her loving and empathetic responses in the discussion.  She is such a caring girl. She said if someone was lonely she would give them her bunny to snuggle, and her bunny is her most prized possession, so that means a lot!

The hubby and I put together these his and hers ‘Pond Life’ sensory boxes, including wiggly eyes for frog eggs!  The ‘water’ was blue sand.  Libby especially enjoyed playing in the boxes and even had her feet in them feeling the sand in her toes!  She loved the mama turtle and her babies, and the snake was a hit with both kids.

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I picked up these scrapbook paper cases half off at Michael’s, and they’re perfect for small personal sensory boxes.  When we’re done playing, we just close them up and stack them.

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Libby was very interested in playing make-believe with her animals, while Ian tried to figure out how the box worked, and then spent his time examining each object in the box.  It’s so awesome to see their individual interests and personalities coming out through play.

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We also took them outside and played while I read a few books to them.  The weather is finally becoming cooler and more bearable, thank goodness.

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We read and learned about the frog life cycle, and did a few worksheets related to frogs:

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We read pond go-along books, sang the Five Green and speckled Frogs song (and acted it out in our sensory boxes), and recited our Bible verse for the week: “Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.” Psalm 34:13

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We played a game where they each took turns rolling the dice and counting the dots, and then moving their frog that number of lily pad ‘spaces’.  They loved this and begged to play over and over.  Libby especially is really enjoying games like this.  Nana helped Ian move his frog.  Libby has got her numbers down but Ian’s learning as we go!  He’s got one and two down 🙂

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We visited a local pond to explore a bit.  We didn’t see any frogs, but we did see lots of minnows, bugs, and ducks (who did not want to play with us, and promptly got in the water and swam away!)

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We made different pond life animals out of our geo-magentic shapes (they love these!);

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I printed out this free pond life graphing pack online, and thought the kids would have fun rolling the paper dice, and thought I would walk her through a very basic concept of graphing, but didn’t really think we would get into it much.  I handed her the dice and the graph, and after only one example from me, she took off!  She rolled the dice, and dotted the box on the graph that corresponded to the correct number, and filled in the rest of the chart with very little instruction.  We then answered a few questions about the graph on a worksheet, and she wrote numbers 2 and 3 all by herself.  She writes her letters well but has shied away from writing her numbers for some reason.  She did great and had SO MUCH FUN with this!  She didn’t want to stop 🙂

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Libby also watched two episodes of Magic School Bus for her ‘movie night’: one about frogs and another about fish and streams.

We head out to Monterey on a last minute trip to the Aquarium.  The kids always enjoy going and we are blessed that we live in driving distance to such a fun place!

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I am off to a conference tomorrow, and then we have a weekend away for a friend’s wedding a few hours away, and there are a few mamas due, so it’s sure to be busy the rest of the week!  Planning on starting up again sometime next week!  Hope this post finds you well 🙂

Here is the link to my pinterest board that includes all the learning packs I used for this row:  https://pinterest.com/megan429/bfiar-play-with-me/

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