Latticed Learning - Woods/Forests/Meadows & Bunnies!

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

In the Forest is similar to a book I shared back in this week - full of fun flaps and textures to explore.

Bambi's Fragrant Forest is one of my beloved books from childhood.  My favorite page?  The one where Bambi smells the sage.

Bunny's Noisy Book has the most adorable little bunny in it - the illustrations just make you want to go pinch somebody's cheeks because they're so cute!

Little Bunny Follows His Nose - I shared this in my Top 5 Favorite Children's Books post, so obviously it would wind up here, as well.

Little Mouse and Friends is a sweet book about a little mouse who wants to do something nice for her grandparents. 

When We're Together


The Velveteen Rabbit

The Runaway Bunny

Mouse Count

Over in the Meadow

In the Tall, Tall Grass

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

One Fine Day

Where's My Teddy?

Guess How Much I Love You

Grumpy Bunnies

A Surprise for Stella Squeak

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny

The Great Bunny Race

Little Raccoon Catches a Cold

The Little Rabbit

The Littlest Rabbit

First Tomato

Christopher Counting

Bear and Bunny Grow Tomatoes

Bunny Trouble

Sing Some Songs

We listened to these selections this week:

Two songs from this album -- The Cat & the Bunny and Here's the Bunny both matched the theme of the week.

The song Mister Rabbit from both this album and this one were great, too.

Over in the Meadow from this album was also one of our favorites.

Watch Some Videos

We were busy with extra Easter activities this week and only watched this movie, which, sad as it can be, made sense for this week.

Play and Create

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

We made these shape bunnies together: 

These took us a couple of hours to make (that was a good thing!). I cut plain white copy paper into the various shapes & ears, then cut pink inner ear pieces and skinny black strips for whiskers.  Gv used an old scrapbooking punch to make the pink heart noses, then she glued it all down along with some googly eyes.  She also felt the need to add some crucial details to a couple of rabbits, and as you can see, the rectangle bunny was already well played-with by the time I got them all arranged for this photo!

I printed out these bunny opposites cards and Gv found all the matches:

"Fast" & "slow" were pretty difficult to discern on the cards, but luckily those were the final two to match.
Gv liked using them for a game the best - we set one of each pair out in front of her, then turned the rest face-down in a draw pile.  Gv would take a card, then find its match.

We also played a game with these bunny positional printable cards:

These cute cards are really colorful, but we were in cheap mode today and just printed them in black & white.
We set them all out in front of her, then I asked her to find "the bunny who is..." (and picked a position)  I really liked how this exposed her to a few new positional words than we'd discussed before.

We headed outside to play a variation of this "rabbit hole" game:

Oooh, a mid-air shot of my little bunny bouncing into her rabbit hole!
We just threw the hula hoop on the ground and then took turns jumping into it - first on two feet, then one.

While we were outside, we tramped around the yard for the nature hunt found here:

Luckily, we have a big backyard full of most all of these outdoor things.

Gv also made some bark rubbings of our backyard trees:

She was so tickled at the difference between the oak and the palm tree - and even how the rubbings of different types of oaks turned out!

I printed out this game:

I think this is the 3rd time we've played one of these graphing games and she announced right away that the "porky-pine" had the most.  I love how she's learned these math concepts without any type of direct instruction, but just by playing a game for fun!

Then Gv completed a couple of pages from this pack and one of the pages from these math printables:

This was just the 2nd time we'd done a sheet similar to this, but Gv knew exactly what to do without any direction from me - she had it all cut and glued down before I could blink.  I was surprised that she knew the owl right away (I think I'd choose a better representation for the "o" sound, because this one is really the dipthong "ow."  See this post for more on phonics differences like this)
Here's where using something like a worksheet occasionally can be helpful to me - notice that she started to circle the "6" instead of the "9" - that tells me that she's still working on distinguishing between these two written numbers when they occur in print.  I hadn't noticed this before, so it was helpful to be aware of.
Again, I'm glad I have her do an occasional worksheet (which she still thinks is fun, since they're pretty rare around here) to "assess" some skill that I'm wondering about.  She started to choose several "same" pictures on this one, which tells me that this skill could use more practice.

Finally, we spent the rest of our time up to our bunny ears in Easter crafts -- this post shares some of our favorite things to do!

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