I am joining up with the Virtual Book Club for Kids as mentioned in my updated Pinterest Resolutions.
This week the author of choice is Bill Martin Jr. We decided to read his book Chicka Chicka 1-2-3.
This is such a vibrant numbers book, and I enjoy reading this to my three year old.
First on the agenda was looking through the book. This page in particular was one of Lucas' favourites.
To represent the bumblebees, we decided to make a bumblebee snack.
You will need:
2 cups dried apricots
1 cup raisins
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup dried dates
1/2 can sweetened condensed milk
1 lemon, juiced
desiccated coconut to coat
(optional) yellow icing
Preheat oven to 160 degrees C (320F). Use a food processor to mince the fruits and coconut. Add the condensed milk and lemon juice and whiz to combine. Roll teaspoonfuls into balls and roll in extra coconut. Use slivered almonds to create the wings, and if you want you can add yellow stripes onto the balls. Place on baking paper lined trays and put in the preheated oven. Turn the oven off and leave the balls to dry out, about 30 minutes. Store in an airtight container.
After we had eaten a few bumblebees, we made a spotty tree like in the book. This was a great way to teach primary and secondary colours as well! We got out the blue paint, and had to mix blue and red paint to make purple.
Armed with some bubble wrap, we gave our tree trunk some lovely spots. I used black construction paper but a lighter colour would probably work better for this. Lucas loved the sensory part of this activity as well, as the bubble wrap was very squishy!
Lucas had so much fun with this book and the activities, and it is a fun way to introduce some of the bigger numbers to your child once they have mastered counting up to 10 or 20.
Also linking up with:
Real Family Fun
Growing Book by Book
(Still having issues with buttons sorry- please click on the links to view all the fun activities shared with these link parties.)