Our Preschool book this week was The Carrot Seed. There's something about the determination of the little boy in this book that reminds me so much of Peanut's personality (maybe that's why I love this book so much.)
The first thing we had to do of course was harvest some of our carrots. We had a pretty successful crop this year and the kids really had fun pulling them up and seeing all the different shapes and sizes.
They all played a roll and cover game that I made to match our theme. To play this, they roll a die, count the dots, and cover that number of squares. (We just used orange beads for this.) The first one to cover their whole page wins. You could also use two dice and have them add them to make it a little harder. You can print the game here.
I wrote a number in the corner of this Play-doh mat, and Peanut put the correct number of carrots into the wheelbarrow. It looks a little different than the one in this picture, but if you want a printable for this you can get it here.
Here she is matching an uppercase carrot to the right lowercase wheelbarrow. Again, these won't look like the ones in the picture, but you can download the wheelbarrows here, and the carrots here.
These little carrots I just cut out of construction paper and laminated to use for a number of different activities. I cut slits in a brown box so she could "plant" her carrots in rows. For this particular activity, I put one carrot at the beginning of each row with a shape on it, and she put the others with that same shape in it's correct row.
I created this shape and color viewer for Peanut by laminating two printouts I made back to back. On one side it says "A carrot is shaped like a triangle. Can you find more triangles?" Flip it over and it says "A carrot is orange. Can you find more things that are orange?" Print the shape side here, and the color side here.
The kids all tried out being wheelbarrows.
Peanut dipped cut carrots in paint and stamped them on her paper to fill her carrot picture in.
She practiced tracing triangles. You can print this triangle tracer out here.
She also practiced cutting triangles.
We used one of the triangles she cut to make a carrot for our book cut-out this week. We added a top to the carrot and glued it on along with a teeny tiny carrot seed.
This was my first time making printables to go along with our theme. I never intended to make them available to the public, so I had to change some of the images in order to share them. I figured out how to share what I could, but the others have copyrighted images on them, so I couldn't share those. Enjoy!
Other sites with great ideas for The Carrot Seed: