Saturday, March 26, 2011

I know something you don't know!


Old-fashioned, hands-on learning beats pencil and paper or battery-operated anyday! I took a soda bottle and inserted the mouth through a hole cut into the rabbit's mouth and taped the entire bunny to the bottle and glued it to a cardboard circle base so it wouldn't tip. (Cut a hole near the top of the back of the bottle to easily remove the jelly beans when the bottle is full.) I filled a box with jelly beans and gave the students spoons and encouraged them to feed the bunny.

This activity is fun, keeps their interest, encourages cooperation and turn taking. It develops hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. When two or more children are invovled, this activity generates spontaneous conversation, increases vocbulary and enhances language development.

My funny for the week: two little girls, age four were taking turns feeding the bunny.

"I know something about chickens and rabbits."

"So do I."

"Yeah, I bet I know something you don't know!"

"What?"

"At Easter, chickens poop the eggs out, and rabbits poop the jelly beans."

16 comments:

BECKY said...

LOVE the chicken and bunny info!! Good information to know!!

Odie Langley said...

That was a wonderful idea that teaches more than I realized and the conversations was precious. Have a great weekend.
Odie

June Freaking Cleaver said...

This poop may just stop me from gorging myself on Easter treats next month!

Great idea for an activity!

Sioux said...

I hope you're keeping track of these funny preschool stories, so soon, you will be able to publish a collection of them.

I've told the story about the "naked man who comes to you at night and gives you love" to most of my teacher friends...This is another "out of the mouths of babes" tale.

Susan said...

What a great activity, Linda. You could even incorporate counting for older children. Great job! And creative, too. Susan

Chatty Crone said...

What a great idea - I bet you are an awesome teacher! sandie

K9friend said...

Sounds like a logical explanation for eggs and jelly beans to me!

Pat
www.critteralley.blogspot.com

Thisisme. said...

That sounds like a real good activity, and I am going to try it with my grandchildren! I'm sure they will love it.

Gerry Mandel said...

From now on, you are my Jelly Bean Lady.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Said it before, will say it again: you've got to be the coolest teacher ever. Why didn't I have someone like you when I was a young 'un? You do so many neat things with your kids.

irishoma said...

What a great teaching tool. Love the funny for the week.

Tammy said...

Omg, that is all so sweet--the idea, the story, the picture, the laughs! Not to mention all that candy poop!!!

Debora said...

Very cute idea. I love hands-on activities too! Did anyone take a little spoonful of jellybeans for themself? It sure would have been tempting...

Carol said...

What an inspiring and wonderful activity!
Love the conversation, too!

Lynn said...

You are one cool teacher - what a fun activity. And you sure do have the stuff for a book like Sioux said... write them down.

Clara Gillow Clark said...

Gotta love those kids! Sounds like a super delicious craft to do with youngsters, too!