Friday, June 22, 2012

Rivers

Book Suggestions:

Rivers by Kay Jackson
Rivers: Nature's Wondrous Waterways by David Harrison
The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack
Thomas and the Big Big Bridge by W. Awdry

Activities:

Field Trip:
Description: Take a trip to a nearby river with your toddler. Have a picnic by the river, throw rocks in the water, collect rocks from the river's edge, watch the boats float by etc.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot develop an understanding of rivers

Bridges:
Description: Talk to your toddler about rivers and bridges. (Over the week, take your toddler driving over bridges) Pretend to be a bridge (arch your back with your knees and hands on the ground) and have your toddler pretend to be a boat floating on a river. Have your toddler crawl under "the bridge." You could also play “London Bridge is Falling Down” with your little one.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop pre-social studies skills, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to use their imagination

River Bath:

Materials: toy boats
Description: Pretend that your bathtub is the river. When your toddler takes a bath this week, give him/her some toy boats to play with in their "river."
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop pre-social studies skills, teach your tot to use their imagination

Shapes:
Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue, blue paint
Description: Prior to doing this activity, cut out a triangle, long rectangle, crescent. Together with your toddler, put the shapes together to make a sailboat. Glue the shapes to a piece of construction paper. Have your toddler paint a river under the boat. Talk about boats floating on the river.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop pre-social studies skills, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot motor skill development

Go Fishing:
Materials: construction paper, paper clips, magnet, pencil, yarn, marker, blue paint, large paper
Description: Cut fish out of construction paper and put a paper clip on each one. Make a fishing pole by tying a piece of yarn to a pencil and tie the other end of the yarn to a magnet. Talk to your toddler about rivers. One of the things that you can do in a river is fish. Have your toddler create a river by painting a large piece of paper blue. When the paint dries, place the fish in the river. Have your toddler "catch" the fish using their fishing pole. Have them tell you the color of the fish that they catch.
You could extend this activity by writing letter or numbers on each fish and have your toddler tell you the letter or number on the fish that they catch.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop pre-social studies skills, teach your tot language development, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot letter recognition or number recognition

Matching rocks:
Materials: rocks, long piece of paper, scissors, blue paint, markers
Description: Talk to your toddler about rivers and other waterways. Talk about how rocks are usually found along the banks of rivers or at the bottoms of rivers. Gather several rocks with your toddler (you could do this on your field trip to a river or simply find any rocks anywhere!). Write letters, numbers, shapes, or color colors on each rock (be sure to have two of each letter, numbers, shape or color). Have your toddler make a river by cutting a long piece of paper in a curvy shape and having your toddler paint it blue. When the paint dries, place all the rocks writing side down in the river and play Memory with your toddler. Take turns turning over two rocks at a time and see if they match. Have your toddler name the letter, number, color or shape.
skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop pre-social studies skills, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to enhance their memory, teach your tot letter recognition, teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot number recognition, teach your tot color recognition

Animal River Collage:
Materials: draw or print animals (that live by or in a river), paper, glue, blue crayon
Description: Talk and read with your toddler about rivers; specifically animals that live in or near rivers (ex. fish, turtles, alligators, birds, snakes, manatees, crawfish, frogs, etc). Draw or print these animals and cut them out. Draw a river on a piece of paper and have your toddler color it blue. Have your toddler name each animal and glue it near or in the river that they just colored, creating a collage.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop pre social studies skills, teach your tot to better understand animal habitats, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor skill development

Number Rocks:
Materials: Rocks,markers, paper, paint
Description: Draw a river on a large piece of paper. Have your toddler color it. Write numbers 1-10 onto rocks and lay them face down in the river. Have your toddler turn over one rock at a time and tell you the number on the rock. When all the rocks have been turned over, help your toddler put them in order from 1-10 and count them with your little one.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to count, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot math skills, teach your tot to follow directions

Songs and Finger plays:

Rivers:
Sung to the tune of Row Row Row Your Boat

Rivers, rivers, rivers, rivers
Flowing here and there.
Rivers filled with fish and rocks
Rivers everywhere.

I See a River:
I see a river
flowing quickly by.
I see birds dipping down
then flying back to the sky.
I see a river
Filled with fish.
I skip a stone across the water,
As I make a wish.

Online Fun:
Videos:
Visit www.sesamestreet.org for videos about rivers and more.
Rolling on the river
River







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