Monday, February 29, 2016

Happy Beaver Earth Day Craft for Kids

Beaver Lacing Craft for Earth Day

We talked about rivers and lakes, learned about beavers, and had fun lacing with yarn while counting up 1 to 25 and down 25 to 1. These activities were inspired by the book "Beaver Is Lost" by Elisha Cooper. Dot-to-dot lacing is fun!

Ponds, Lakes, and Rivers is the theme for February at Poppins Book Nook. You can find our previous Poppins Book Nook activities here: A Trip to Paris, France with Diva and Flea. French Dog Outfit Pattern.

Beaver Is Lost

"Beaver Is Lost" by Elisha Cooper is our book of the month. This wordless book with beautiful watercolor and pencil illustrations has won New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book award. The scary adventures of the lost beaver motivate to retell his story for the Earth Day!

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Beaver Earth Day Craft

We used 2 copies of the beaver Earth Day coloring page printed on brown construction paper, found here: Earth Day Coloring Pages from Pastiche Family Portal. Pictured above, beaver's head and body is cut out from the first page; beaver's paws with additional inch are cut out from the second page. The tail is drawn free hand.

For this craft we used:
  • a hole punch,
  • a black marker for the numbers, a red marker to circle the holes for attaching paws and a tail,
  • oil pastels for coloring,
  • brown yarn, the tip is wrapped in tape for the ease of lacing.

To make the holes on paws and a tail, place these parts under the body and mark the spots.

The order of lacing was market with numbers 1 to 25:
numbers 1-8 are around the head for lacing making loops around the edge,
numbers 9-11 are placed on both sides of the body for lacing dot-to-dot across the body,
numbers 12-14 are on the left leg for lacing making loops around the edge,
numbers 15-22 are placed on both sides of the body for lacing dot-to-dot across the body,
numbers 23-25 are on the right leg for lacing making loops around the edge,
numbers 9, 11, 15, 22, 16, 20 are circled in red to mark the holes for attaching paws and a tail.

Our beaver can stand on its own and say "Hello" (the upper paws are movable). We laced him counting from 1 to 25, then went the opposite direction - counting down from 25 to 1, finished by lacing making loops around the edge around his body.

Some interesting facts about beavers:

  1. New words: dam, canal, lodge.
  2. Beavers are the second larges rodents in the world: adult capybara can weigh up to 200 lb, adult beaver up to 60 lb.
  3. Beavers cut trees with their front teeth for food and for building. The broad scaly tail makes a beaver a great swimmer and can make loud slapping sounds to scare away the predators and warn beaver's family of a danger.
  4. Beavers are herbivores, nocturnal, and don't hibernate.
  5. Beavers' dams change and create ecosystems in many ways.


Ponds, Lakes, and Rivers Is the Theme for January at Poppins Book Nook

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:

Ponds, Lakes, and Rivers book fun below!

Nature Walk along the River from Growing in God's Grace. "Water Dance" by Thomas Locker.

Frog, Turtle, and Fish Units from Chestnut Grove Academy. Favorite picture books about ponds.

Roll a Pond Math Games from 3 Dinosaurs. "Jump, Frog, Jump!" by Robert Kalan.

Nature Walk to the Pond. Birds. from SAHM I Am. "One Duck Stuck: A Mucky Counting Book" by  Phyllis Root.

Swimming Turtles Discovery Bottle from Sunny Day Family. "Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond" by Cathryn Falwell.

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