- Banana Boats
Cut off a bottom section of the banana so that it will sit on the plate. Fill with either peanut butter or berries.
- Bunny Biscuits
Use canned biscuits. Provide each child with two biscuits. Cut one biscuit in half. Pinch the bunny's ears (biscuit halves) onto the bunny's head (whole biscuit). Use raisins or nuts for the nose and eyes. Use coconut for the whiskers. Bake according to package directions.
- Bread and Butter
To make butter: Put 1 pint of whipping cream into a quart jar with lid. Pass the jar around, letting each student shake it 20 times. Add salt to taste and a drop or two of yellow food coloring when it is the consistency of whipped cream. Continue until a lump of butter forms. Rinse in cold water until the water is clear. Serve with one of these: homemade bread. rye bread, whole-wheat bread, toast, bagel, tortilla, or cornbread.
- Banana Bread
"We made banana bread for the letter B. The kids had a great time, so did I!"- sent in by Chelle--thanks!
- "B" Snacks- biscuits, bread and honey, butterscotch pudding, bananas, berries
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, reach up high.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch the sky.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, arms out wide.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch your side.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, touch your shoe.
Teddy Bear, teddy bear, I love you!
- Here is a Bunny
Here is a bunny (make ears with fingers on head)
With ears so funny.
And here is his hole in the ground. (point to imaginary hole)
If a noise he hears, (clap loudly)
He picks up his ears (hold fingers up)
Then runs to his home underground. (run in place)
- Cut big B's from construction paper. Let children find "B" pictures in magazines. Cut pictures and paste on outline of B.
- Cut out big B's from poster board. Have the students put glue over them and sprinkle sand or glitter on them.
- Make bunnies from two paper plates. Cut the first plate as indicated below.
Glue the ears to the second plate. The girls may want to use the middle piece as a bow on the bunny's head; the boys may want to use it as a bowtie at the bunny's chin. Decorate with markers, construction paper or felt for eyes, nose and mouth and use yarn or broom straw for the whiskers.
- Blot Print Butterflies
Trace a butterfly pattern on a 12" x 18" piece of construction paper. Students cut out pattern and drip paint onto one half of the butterfly. Then fold the butterfly, press it together and open it to reveal a print that is the same on both halves.
- Make thumbprint bumblebees. Have students press their thumbs onto a black ink pad and then onto a white sheet of paper. Use markers to help students draw features for the baby bumblebees.
- Cut out butterfly shape from two sheets of waxed paper. Students "shave" old crayons with popsicle sticks or plastic knives onto one sheet of the waxed paper. Using a warm iron (teacher, of course), press the two sheets together. Makes a beautiful butterfly!
- Erin tells how to make butterflies using the childrens hands.
Trace each child's hands on a piece of paper, so that the fingers are pointing to the outside of the paper. Their hands are the wings. Make a simple butterfly body between the hands. Let the kids color the wings. Great idea and thanks, Erin!
- I cut out large B,b's on white construction paper and the children glue this letter to either blue, or brown construction paper. Next, they glue black beans on the letter B's. We do this for upper and lower case. I tell them the names of the colors begin with the letter B, as well as black beans.
Idea submitted by: Grace. Thanks!
- Bubble Prints
To make bubble prints you will need:
- foil pan
- white paper big enough to lay over pan
- dawn or other dishwashing soap
- PAINT (any color)
Fill foil pan half full with a mixture of water, paint, and soap.
Using your straw, blow into the solution until there are a layer of bubbles.
Place paper over the bubbles, being careful not to smash the paper into the soapy water.
Remove and turn over. BUBBLE PRINTS!
Idea submitted by: Patti. Thanks!
- An addition to the butterflies
When I make butterflies with my students in the spring (or bats in October) I spray paint toilet paper rolls with black enamel. After they
are totally dry, snip about 1/4 of the tube off. Then, slit it down one side so it is like a cuff bracelet. Attach the butterfly or bat to the
cuff and clip it over the child's arm. How wonderful it is to have an entire room full of fluttering butterflies or scary bats! Whatever your
butterfly design it, keep it 9x12 or smaller! Be aware that some toilet paper doesn't have good quality cardboard and
those rolls are not good "cuffs." Actually the best I have found are from RV Toilet paper! Try to collect the heavier rolls.
Idea submitted by Willo...Thanks!
- Estimation Activity
Fill a large jar with gummy bears or bear-shaped cookies. After the students have observed the jar carefully, let them estimate how many bears are inside. Give a small prize to the child that has the closest estimation.
- Bear Graph
Have the students bring their favorite teddy bears to school. They will enjoy sharing them and telling the other students about them. Then have a graphing activity where the bears are graphed according to size, shape, color, etc.
- Gummy Bears Activity
Use the gummy bears in counting activities, sorting activities, etc. for more fun for the students and they will enjoy eating them after the activity is completed!
- Jenn sent me these great ideas for B. Thanks, Jenn!
Read The Button Box by Margarette S. Reid.
Talk about how buttons can be different/same.
Give the children a bag of buttons.
Have them sort them in different ways (color, size, number of holes, etc).
Have them graph buttons in any way you deem fit for your class/ your objective for the lesson (color, size, holes).
- Talk about the life cycle of the butterfly. Make an accordian-type book with five pages. Use the first page for the title page. On the following pages, the students draw pictures to illustrate each stage in the life cycle: egg, caterpillar, pupa (cocoon), and butterfly.
- Talk about real bears and list some facts about each kind of bear. Show pictures of real bears.
- Great time to do your insect (bug) unit.
- Kate sent me this great idea for "B" and an Arctic unit. Thanks, Kate!
Take a zip lock and fill it 1/3 of the way with crisco. Take another zip lock and turn it inside out and place it inside the crisco bag. Seal both bags together forming a mitten. Place hand in mitten and then in a bowl of ice. Students get the feel of what blubber does.
- Yellow Jackets (Bees)
Explain to the class that yellow jackets are bees. When going to an area (ex.
bathroom, playground, cafeteria) have the children stand in line and pretend they
are yellow jackets. When out on the playground, blow bubbles and have them use
there stinger (finger) to pop the bubbles.
~Submitted by Tammy
- Pretend to be butterflies. Provide some scraps of material or scarves for the children to hold. Play some gentle music and let them move around waving the material. At some point, stop the music and the children must stop and pretend to be resting on a flower.
- Beanbag activities: Throw them, walk with them on their heads, play catch with them, throw them into a basket.
- Play basketball using light-weight balls and a trashcan for the basketball goal. Keep score on the chalkboard.
- Balloon activities: Give each child a balloon that is inflated. Ask them to touch the balloon to the body part you call out; use them to bat around and then catch without touching the floor with them; have a contest to see who can keep it off the floor for the longest time.
- Make "B" body letters, using several students on the floor.
- Play my Criss-Cross "B" game here!
- Balloon Bust and Other "B" Ideas!
For the letter Bb I have a Balloon Bust. I blow up water balloons with air (they are easier for
the little ones to pop). Students take turns thinking of a /b/ word to put on his/her balloon.
Student sit on the balloon to bust it. I also have a large light blue balloon to write all
brainstormed /b/ words on to have a balloon toss during circle time on the carpet.
Students are not allowed to get off their bottoms and can only use one finger to tap the balloon.
They love it! I like to end the week with a Beach party. Students also like the butterfly
activity I do. Students are given markers to decorate a coffee filter.
Dip the marked filter in water and allow to dry. Use a pipe cleaner to wrap around the
middle of the filter creating the body and antennea. You can also have student take turns
blowing bubbles. I like to use two dishwashing liquids and let the kids see which will make
the most bubbles.
Submitted by: Kelli. Thanks, Kelli!
**Note: The following books may be found in your local library, or purchased from Amazon if the book title is a link.
Bears by Susan Kuchalla
Benny's Bad Day by Michael Pellowski
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies by Louise Matthews
Busy Bunnies (Touch-Me Book) by Lisa McCue by Stephen Caitlin
The Great Bunny Race by Kathy Feczko
Rabbits Don't Dance by Dale Binford
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Brown
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
What a Funny Bunny by Patricia Whitehead
Goldilocks and the Three Hares by Heidi Petach
How Jackrabbit Got His Very Long Ears by Heather Irbinskas
Rabbit's Good News by Ruth Lercher Bornstein
To Rabbittown by April Halprin Wayland
Please check out April's site, April Halprin Wayland's award-winning poetry and picturebook pond!
The Spring Hat by Madelaine Gill
Discovering Butterflies by Douglas Florian
From Egg to Butterfly (Start to Finish) by Shannon Zemlicka
The Lamb and the Butterfly by Arnold Sundgard
Look, a Butterfly by David Cutts
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Who Will Fly With Butterfly? by Lorice Hartmann
A New Butterfly : My First Look at Metamorphosis by Pamela Hickman
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