Monday, August 19, 2013

Montessori Inspired Activities for The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

My big kids are learning about roots and plants and all things botany this week.  So, I thought it would be good to come up with a few activities for my little girls to do, too.  We read The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, and then they got to choose from a shelf full of activities.

Cutting carrots and fractions.  So far we haven't gotten to the fractions, but Explorer spent a long time cutting!  I found this idea from The Educator's Spin On It.

The Carrot Seed cards and counters.  I found the carrots at a yard sale-for FREE!  And, to make the cards, I downloaded the free printable from Miss Lee on Teachers Pay Teachers and then printed off 5 copies of just the first card.  

Patterning using the freebie from Prekinders.  

The Carrot Seed order cards.  I used the same cards as above from Miss Lee, printed them off and colored them a little for interest.  Then I just grabbed an orange piece of card stock and wrote 1-4 on it.  

This tray included an apron, playdough, and playdough mat.  I used the playdough recipe from Domestic Superhero.

The idea is to make little carrots from the playdough.  This is wonderful for building the pincher grasper muscles for writing.  I got this idea and free printable from Prekinders.

This tracer page is from myfourps.

Our local library has the 'Big Book' version of The Carrot Seed.  That really helped in keeping Explorer's attention.  

We made footprint carrots, these were inspired by the hand print ones I found on Teach Preschool only we used our feet and markers instead of paint :).

They came out really cute, I wish this wasn't so blurry!  

Last, but certainly not least, we headed out to the garden and picked our own carrots!  Then, we cut them up and ate them :).

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope your new school year is off to a great start!
God Bless,

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LM said...

What a fun way to learn counting.

Jenn @ Mr Little Man said...

What an incredible lesson plan you have here! I just adore each of your activities and your children must have enjoyed every last one! Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

What fun!! I love the footprint carrots!! I think the foot shape looks even more like a carrot! Your little girls are getting so big!!

Deb Chitwood said...

What fun activities, Lisa ... perfect literature-based unit! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Gardening Unit Study Pinterest Board. :)

Unknown said...

sooo cute, i love this book :) Great ideas for tot school.

Sanz said...

Really cute ideas! I've never heard of this book. Pinned!

Michele said...

Lisa, I am sending my six year old to school with you! ;) You are such a fun, creative teacher!! Love all of these ideas.