Today’s ideas completely came from an adorable book called Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray and illustrated by Lauren Stringer. I fell in love with this book when I found it and the pictures in this book are gorgeous! It is all about a little boy and his rainy day adventures. I got inspiration for our craft from the book and we made red rubber boots splashing in the rain. It just so happened to be raining today…perfect for learning the letter R and reading Red Rubber Boot Day!
(to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Rain, rain falling down
Landing all around.
What a lovely sound you make
Splashing on the ground.
Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray
"I like slapping, stirring puddles. I like a day for boots" from Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Lyn Ray
Making the rain puddles
Adding the red rubber boots!
This week we started the letter Rr. We learned all about the rooster, sang a song about him and made a rooster too! I remember singing this song when I was little and listening to it on my record player that I had as a little girl. Wow, do kids today even know what a record is? There are many more verses to it as well about a dog, kitty, cow, sheep and duck. As you sing you keep adding on the sounds that the other animals make. It is a really cute song and fun to sing!
I Had a Rooster
I had a rooster, my rooster pleased me
I fed my rooster ‘neath the greenberry tree
My little rooster went cocka doodle doo
Dee doodle-ee doodle-ee doodle-ee doo.
Rooster's Off to See the World by Eric Carle
We love Eric Carle books! The water color illustrations are so beautiful!
Coloring the head for our rooster craft
Next, we added a large red circle and brown hand prints for the wing and tail.
The completed rooster craft!
On Tuesday we continued learning all about the letter Qq and quilts. We had a great time making our class quilt! We talked about how quilts are unique blankets that tell a story. Our quilt is very special because it tells the story about our classroom. Each child got their own square of fabric to put their hand print on. I tied them all together with ribbon and hung it on our wall in the library. They love going over and admiring our new quilt!
Q is for quail and a quilt for your bed
Q is for queen, with a crown on her head
Q is for quack and a quarter to spend
Q is for quarrel you have with a friend
Hooray for Q big and small-
the quaintest, quirkiest letter of all!
We read, The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston and Tomie dePaola
The squares for our quilt
The poem that I added to the quilt
With our hands we made this quilt,
We each made a special part,
To show you the friendships that we share,
Warms each little heart!
Our completed class quilt! (We still need to add the hand prints of the children that were not here to make a square.)