Latticed Learning - Deserts, Africa & Nocturnal Animals

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!

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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

Read All About It

There are some great children's books out there that go along with the oceans theme! Here are some of our favorites:

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain is a repeating-rhyme book that shares a fascinating folktale from Africa.

Bat's Big Game is a cute little story with adorable illustrations that's sure to put a smile on your face (as well as lead into a discussion on whether bats are birds or animals).

Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper! is a funny fable from East Africa with enjoyable illustrations, to boot.  

Honey...Honey...Lion! - I'm not generally a huge fan of Jan Brett (some teachers go absolutely crazy over this author!), but I do appreciate the extra details in the side-pictures on each page (it's like a little preview!) as well as the use of onomatopoeia throughout.

Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky is an old creation folk tale, told in simple style.  A fun activity to go along with this would be to make masks that match those in the book.



Keep Trying Little Zebra!

3-D Thrillers! Snakes

Dare to Find Out About...Strange Scavenging Creatures

Owls, Bats, Wolves

Incredible Owls

Amazing Snakes!

America's Deserts

Fantastic Bats

Here is the African Savanna

Sing Some Songs

We stuck with two main albums this week:

This soundtrack was an obvious choice, as was this album, by the label I lauded here..

Watch Some Videos

This movie was an easy choice.

I'm guessing this one would be good, too, although we haven't ever seen it.

There are half a jillion Wild Kratts episodes that work for this week, too. This is just one season you might choose to check out.

Gv loves Plum Landing, so this page was full of fun for her, as well.

Finally, watch this PBS series online -- I bet you'll learn something yourself, too!

Play and Create

We did several things to correspond to our topic this week:

We revisited our "trip" to Africa, which was full of fun.  Click here to see what we did as a part of our Passport to Fun travels.

We played a dice game using page 7 of pack 3 of this pack of printables.

We've played different versions of this game before and Gv always enjoys it.  This time, we each rolled two dice and added them up (just counted all the dots) to find out which spot we could color.  If we rolled a repeat, that just meant the turn went to the other player.  We were stuck forever at the end trying to get 12, but finally got one 6, so we just kept rolling and rolling the other die until it turned up 6, as well.

We did the paper towel activity from here (other cute ideas, too!)

Take 2 paper towels.  Lay one out flat and fold the other up, accordion-style, like a cactus.  Then saturate them both with a few squirts of a water bottle.

Set the paper towels out in the sun for about 30 minutes, then come back and check them.  The flat towel is now completely dried out...

...but the folded towel is still wet.  It holds the water in, just like a cactus!

Together, we made this mosaic lizard.

Gv chose the lizard color and then we just used paper scraps from an earlier project.  Gv insisted on drawing in details on the lizard, which I thought was a cute touch.  She also very strategically placed all of the back-left leg squares.

Gv worked on a pattern bead snake.

Gv insisted that this snake neede a tongue, just like the one we made way back in week 2.

And then we combined the ideas found here and here to make a little bat buddy:

Fold a coffee filter into fourths and cut the wing design.  Color a design in marker, then grab a squirt bottle of water and spray it up good to make the colors run.

This little bat comes already loaded with a mouth!

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