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Mice. Rather Nice?

Mice by Rose Fyleman

Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley

Given basic parts, children can construct mice similar to those used in Lois Ehlert’s illustrations and talk about how mice move and use their senses, what they eat, where they like to live, etc.

Or try some of the activities at http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/mice.html.

Collect and show pictures of animals in the rodent family. Talk about how they are the same and different.

MiceMouse Mess

Hands: Growing Up to Be an Artist by Lois Ehlert

Lots of Spots by Lois Ehlert

Oodles of Animals by Lois Ehlert

There are several activities to tie science and art together at:

http://artfulparent.com/childrens-artful-science-experiments

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Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant

Since wind is the source of energy for most scarecrows, fastening streamers to a fan or bringing in a decorative scarecrow to use a fan on, would work well to demonstrate this concept.

For some other preschool activity ideas regarding Potential to Kinetic Energy, some sites to explore include:

http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/kinetic-energy-activities-kids-46975.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/562636-kinetic-energy-activities-for-kids/

http://tomandmarta.com/post/60318912550/energy-is-everywhere-harness-that-preschoo

Scarecrow

The Science of Aesop #1

Aesop’s Fables by Jerry Pinkney

After/while reading “The Crow and the Pitcher,” demonstrate the displacement of water by using your pointer and thumb as the crow beak to pinch some stones and add them to a container of water one by one. Children can join in by making a crow’s beak with their fingers and helping to displace the water until it is high enough for the “crow” to take a drink. Helpful hint: Try this ahead of time to see how many stones are needed and how much water to begin with. Make a mark on the back of your container so you can use it as a fill line when you do this with children.

aesop's fables

Go To Sleep!

A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

The Sleep Sheep by Anna McQuinn

The first book examines the different ways animals sleep.The second examines the difficulties of getting to sleep.

Experiment with listening to lullabies. Make a chart to show who feels sleepy and who does not after listening to a lullaby.

Or you could do the same with “counting sheep.” Provide children with paper sheep and have them gently jump their sheep over a paper fence. Chart who begins to feel sleepy and who does not.

a book of sleepthe sleep sheep

Bow-Wow Classification!

Dogs by Emily Gravett

This book presents a good opportunity to talk about how there are different breeds of the same kind of animals. Use a size comparison chart you can find online to laminate and cut apart so children can divide breeds into classification groups of small and large dog breeds. This classification sorting activity could also be extended to other breed characteristics, for example, which dogs have brown (black, white, spotted, long, short) hair?Tails? Ears? Etc.

dogs by gravett

The Truth About Nature: A Family’s Guide to 144 Common Myths about the Great Outdoors by Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer

This book could be a useful resource for those incorporating science into their storytimes. The 144 myths are arranged by season and are accompanied by forty strange-but-true nature facts, 32 assorted legends, and 16 activities/experiments. There are quick tips at the beginning of the book to help you use the book to best advantage and a great index in the back to help match your storytime topic to book topics. Check it out!

The Truth About Nature

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