Monday, June 29, 2015

Over in the Forest: Leaves Collage and Forest Small World

Forest Preschool Activities with Poppins Book Nook

We collected some leaves and twigs while hiking in the woods. Our rainy day activities were so cute! We made the leaves collage and used it to build the Forest small world. Forests and Woods is the theme for June at Poppins Book Nook. You can find our previous Poppins Book Nook activities here: Make Fun Friends for Beekle Matching Colors and Shapes.

Over in the Forest

"Over in the Forest" by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Jill Dubin is our book of the month. The beautiful forest rhymes are illustrated with the creative collages - oh, so wonderful!

And as if it's not enough, this book is forest explorations and nature hunts all on its own! There is additional animal to find on each spread with the answers and short references for the animals. Each spread has an illustration of the footprints of the featured animal. Each spread features a parent with his/ her babies counting from 1 to 10. There are so many playful activities throughout this book!


Nature Walk and Leaves Collage

We collected some leaves, twigs, and things on a nature walk. They are always fun reminders of the outside adventures.

For the collage, we used a 12 by 12 photo paper, white glue, and a brown paper bag cut into strips.

My Firefly enjoyed squeezing glue onto the leaves and spreading the leaves onto the paper. Then I helped her to place the brown strips on top. The completed collage was placed under the plastic wrap with the weight on top to compress it. We let it dry overnight and used it to create the Forest Small World the next morning.

Forest Small World

For the display, we used a box with 2 walls removed (pictured below).

For the invitation to build, I offered items from nature in a container, transparent plastic cups with the holes cut out for building animal houses, Playmobil animals we had.

The animals happily rushed into the forest and quickly found their favorite spots to play and sleep. The plastic cups with holes were a winning addition: they are transparent so that kids can manipulate animals in their "houses" easily.

Forests and Woods - the Theme for June at PBN

It's time for the Poppins Book Nook - a book club that goes live on the last Monday of each months.
You can find our previous Poppins Book Nook books and activities here: Poppins Book Nook.

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom - 3 Dinosaurs - ABC Creative Learning - As We Walk Along the Road - Brain Power Boy - Chestnut Grove Academy - Embracing Destiny - Every Bed of Roses - Farm Fresh Adventures - Growing in God's Grace - Kathys Cluttered Mind - My Bright Firefly - Peakle Pie - Preschool Powol Packets - Pray Species - SAHM I am - Stir The Wonder - Sunny Day Family - Sweet Silly Sara - Teach Beside Me - To the Moon and Back - Tots and Me - Tree Valley Academy - Witty Hoots

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  1. My best Firefly enjoyed squeezing glue onto the leaves and spreading the leaves onto the paper. Then I helped her to place the brown strips on top.

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