Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Carrot Seed

Baby K's participation in a Virtual Book Club For Kids at Toddler Approved has got my creative juices flowing!  Hence, I started this new blog; a collection of book-related activities & experiences.  (Whew, nothing like having a kid to remind me of my long-forgotten early childhood degree!) 

April's book was The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. A simple, timeless story; we listened to a really cute, vintage-version of it on youtube.  Great lesson in PERSEVERANCE!  The little boy in this book diligently waters his carrot seed, despite everyone telling him it won't grow.  Well of course it not only produces a carrot, but a HUGE carrot!
*  StoryThe Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
*  Age:  7 months 
*  Activities/ Experiences:
          1. Pudding painting.
          2. Seed sensory bottle.
          3. Frozen carrots
    "Mama, this 'mud' is nummy!"

    1.  Pudding Painting.  Originally wanting to incorporate actual dirt in the book-related activity... I decided on chocolate pudding instead, since Baby K is still at the stage of putting EVERYTHING in her mouth.  She painted it like mud on a carrot picture.  And, even though EATING this tasty treat seemed most appealing... Feeling the silky, creamy texture was still a fun, open-ended experience.  
    sensory bottle of seeds
    2.  Sensory Bottle Poured a couple packets of carrot seeds in an empty water bottle.  (Added beet seeds too for more sound.)  Hot glued the lid on, included some stickers, and let Baby K rattle away.  Its an item among her toys she often grabs for first.
    3.  Frozen Carrots.  Gnawed frozen carrots in the net teether to help soothe those sore, teething gums.  Mmm, delicious!

    It was cool to check out the book-related activities other parents came up with.  
    (There's some creative mums out there!) 
    I'll have to revisit this story again when K is older, 
    so I can use some of these fantastic ideas: 


    1. It's cute! Babies can join too ! :D

    2. Your painting project looks like lots of fun! I love your final product!