The theme for week 3 is:
"The Heavens Tell God's Glory!"
15. The Sun : Read Psalm 19:1-6
- Last year we made a paper plate sun craft.
- Make a Sparkling Sun Catcher.
- Make Sun Tea Punch and Sun Cupcakes.
- Serve Sun Chips with lunch.
- Make Sunshine Shakes: in a blender, combine one 6-ounce can unsweetened frozen orange juice concentrate, 3/4 cup milk, 3/4 cup water, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and 6 ice cubes. Makes 4 servings.
- Read Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn Branley, Sun Up, Sun Down by Gail Gibbons, and The Sun by Seymour Simon. (While I was at it, I also ordered Who Owns the Sun? by Stacy Chbosky and The Sun Egg by Elsa Beskow from the library too!)
16. The Cloud: Read 1 Kings 8:2-11
- Browse NASA's links to some General Cloud Information.
- Read The Cloud Book by Tomie dePaola,
- Make Mashed Potato Clouds for with Dinner.
- Make Cloud Cookies, Angel Cloud Cream Puffs, or Whipped Creamy Clouds.
Whipped Creamy Clouds: Provide each child with a piece of waxed paper and a spoon. To make a treat, a child scoops a large spoonful of nondairy whipped topping onto their waxed
paper. Then the child uses their spoon to create a cloud shape. Freeze each child's cloud; then serve.
17. The Rain : Read Matthew 5:43-48
- Listen to the story Noah and the Ark on Tales from the Old Testament. (Here is a link to a great Noah's Ark Coloring Mural we've enjoyed in the past.)
- Since Jesus compared God's mercy to a gentle rain, we will talk about how God has been merciful to us and read some excerpts from God Loves Us All.
- Make a Rain Gauge.
- Read Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains?, Rabbits and Raindrops, Down Comes the Rain, and Rain Drop Splash.
- Read about the Rainforests and make Rain Forest Trail Mix
- Surprise my children with their own bottle of Talking Rain's Sparkling Ice, it's a favorite around here...
18. The Lightning : Read Job 28:20-26
- Read Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll.
- Read about lightning online and do one or two of the suggested experiments.
- Read Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco and bake a cake to go along with the story.
19. The Hail : Read Job 38:28-30
- Read Rain & Hail.
- We have a Pampered Chef Ice Shaver which we rarely use, but this might be a perfect day to make some Shaved Ice!
- Play "Here comes the
Here Comes the Rain/Hail Gamefrom Little Saints Pre-School Program
Prep: Take 2 aluminum pie pans and place 1/4 of beans in one of them. Staple the other pan on top. You will also need couch cushion and/or child's special blanket.
1. Discuss how animals seek shelter when it rains. Have child choose to make believe they are an eagle, dove or butterfly. Instruct them that they will have to listen carefully in this game so they can hear the storm coming and seek shelter before they get wet.
2. Have them place the cushion (nest) or their blanket (tree) where their nest/tree will be.
3. Have child pretend to fly around; butterflies seeking nectar, doves and eagles seeking food.
4. Hidden from view, gently start to shake the pie pan, building up to storm level.
5. Once the children have landed in their nest or under their tree safely, slowly stop the "rain/ hail" and repeat.
20. The Wind : Read Ezekiel 37:7-10
- Learn how to measure wind speed, Blow Bubbles and/or make a Paper Bag Kite
- Read Feel the Wind, The Wind Blew, and When the Wind Blew.
21. The Rainbow : Read Genesis 9:12-15
- Watch Signing Time # 6 and sign/sing Colors of the Rainbow.
- Read Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert.
- Paint a rainbow with finger paints.
- Serve Rainbow Pasta for lunch.
- Make Rainbow cupcakes. You can frost them different colors and arrange them like a rainbow, color the batter to look like a rainbow, or decorate the top with either a frosting rainbow or candy's such as Skittles/M&M's.
- Play Noah's Rainbow Race.
- Make a Rainbow Fruit Salad which contains all the colors of the rainbow. Use Strawberries or Watermelon, Oranges or Cantalope, Pineapple, Green Grapes or Kiwi, Blueberries, and Purple Grapes or Plums. Serve with whipped cream, ice cream or yogurt, if desired.
- Rainbow Kabobs with Cloud Dip would also be a fun alternative to the Rainbow Fruit Salad.
I hope you are all having a very blessed Easter season!