So I’ve found that I tend to make it hard on myself when doing BFIAR. I try to fit in every activity I can, all of the printables, etc. and end up exhausted from all of it. A friend suggested doing BFIAR as a group and that seemed like a great solution. We’ve got five families who get together to row books. We read the book and then do an activity or two based on the book. I’d like to extend the book a bit at home as well with some extra go-along books or with more activities or printables. So far it hasn’t happened, but I have high hopes for this year! It will help if I can get the printables ready in advance. So far this is working for us, it takes some of the pressure off me and the kids like getting together with the other families. Skeeterbug (8) is obviously way above the intended age of BFIAR but still enjoys the activities. Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of all the activities we’ve done, but here are a few to help me remember.
The Carrot Seed. We used carrots with leaves to make carrot prints. Actually I think only Skeeterbug used the carrots, the others used paintbrushes. Here’s his:
We also made carrot muffins and planted carrot seeds. Our seeds were a bit neglected and didn’t do too well!
Play With Me. We met at a local reservoir to see what wildlife we could see.
We saw lizards.
This one is really hard to see, I promise he’s there!
A duck with her ducklings.
We tried our best to catch some little fish to look at but I don’t think anyone in our group was successful.
It turned in to a big water play session which was fun for all!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We painted caterpillars and had caterpillar snacks made out of various fruits. Kiwi for the body, etc. This is Ladybug’s caterpillar impression. See the blue handprint? :)
And Skeeterbug’s caterpillar pair. It was a bit windy, thus the splatters. Jitterbug was too busy playing to be bothered with art that day!
We also rowed a Christmas book, Aussie Jingle Bells. No pics. We made jingle bell bracelets, sang the song, and made Christmas cookies.
Great fun and great memories. We hope to start up again soon.