Have you ever given a young child a present & have them more focused on the box rather than what was inside? Well, we had boxes galore fill up our classroom.
After reading the book Not a Box, we gave the children carte blanche to decorate boxes & use them for anything they wished. They colored with markers & crayons, pushed friends across the room in large boxes, hid inside boxes, popped out of boxes & much more. The creativity & attention to detail was astounding. We had robots, boats, airplanes & more. The children were asking when they could play with the boxes as soon as they walked into camp.
Thank you to Sophia & her mom for lending us the book How Many Bugs in a Box. After reading the story we estimated how many children we could fit in the large boxes, then we all climbed into the box. We had 7 children standing in 1 large box. Sitting, however, was a different story. We couldn’t fit quite as many children while sitting in the box.
Speaking of sitting in boxes, Sitting in my Box is a story about a little boy sitting in a box reading a book when various animals knock on the box to join him. It became awfully crowded in his box. Our children enjoyed re-enacting the story with a box full of the same animals featured in the book. We also re-told a story about Ms. Sheri reading a book when along came (insert name) who knocked on the box. The giggles were abundant as the children climbed into the box one by one.
Additional activities we enjoyed this week included sand table with shells, water table with ocean creatures, dramatic play in the kitchen area, puzzles & play dough as well as singing & dancing during morning meeting.
Books We Read
Not a Box (Antionette Portis)
How Many Bugs in a Box (David Carter)
Sitting in My Box (Dee Lillegard)
The Birthday Box (Leslie Patricelli)
Allison: “Sometimes I get steamy.”
Next week our featured book will be Not a Stick. We will continue to give our imaginations a workout by creating with sticks & making music with rhythm sticks.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Sheri, Fabi & Sarah