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Animal Colors

Have children sort pictures of animals by their colors and talk about how some animals blend into their environment.

Animal Tools: "Chirp Builds a Nest" #3 (PEEP show)

Have children watch the video PEEP and the Big Wide World “Chirp Builds a Nest.” Encourage children to browse through books from the Library Center to find out more about how animals build their homes.


Show the blueprint in Building a House by Byron Barton. Have children draw a blueprint for a building they would like to build.

Building from Blueprints

Use blueprints to build the structure out of blocks. Encourage children to discuss how to make the parts of the house strong.

Color Art

Have children make a collage of colored transparent materials and observe how light shines through the colors.

Color Break-Up

Help children break up colors using a simple form of chromatography to show what colors were combined to make another color.

Connecting Cube Train Races

Have children build connecting-cube trains to send down ramps, and use nonstandard measuring tools to mark how far the trains travel.

Different Material—Different Drying Time

Children choose items of different materials and determine which absorbs more water and which dries faster.

Divvy Up!

Show children how to divvy up or divide food as a character in their read-aloud. 

Does It Float?

Have children test objects to see if they will float or sink. Instruct children to place the objects in the “sink” or “float” half of a poster board based on what happened.

Draw and Write Together: “Our Bean Seeds” Chart

Have children dictate or write to record observations as children’s plants grow. 

Draw and Write Together: What Did We See?

Have children draw to record an observation they made outside.

Explore Together (indoors): Balls: Float or Sink?

Test children’s predictions and have them record which balls float and which ones sink.

Explore Together (indoors): Boats Afloat

Challenge children to make a boat that will hold the biggest load and still float on the water.

Explore Together (indoors): Body Sounds

Have children explore making loud and quiet sounds with their hands, feet, and mouths. 

Explore Together (indoors): Build a Bridge

Have children work in pairs to build their bridges.  

Explore Together (indoors): Build a Cup Tower

Children continue to build towers using different materials. Test each tower’s stability.

Explore Together (indoors): Build-a-House

Provide the different materials children have used while exploring buildings this week. Allow free exploration and have children use the materials to build a house.

Explore Together (indoors): Build a House for a Toy

Have children make houses for toys. Focus them on the size of the house so the toys fit inside.

Explore Together (indoors): Build a Representation

Have children build a representation of the building they saw.

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