Aside from my obsession with new recipes and saving money, my whole goal in life is to trick my second-grader into thinking learning is fun. His teachers have mastered the art of deception. I … on the other hand … well, I’m working on it. Here’s the proof.
My son’s teacher is sending home books that are long enough
for him to read sections of each night (yahoo!). Bookmarks are a must now. Funny thing,
though, they keep disappearing!
I came up with a fun way to learn about reptiles and make
some scaly long-tongued bookmarks too. To learn about cold-blooded
creatures, we read Miles and Miles of Reptiles by Tish Rabe. Have I ever
mentioned how much I love the books in The Cat in the Hat Learning Library? They combine information about non-fiction topics with lively cartoon-like
characters and rhyming text (I have a weakness for books that rhyme). My son
LOVES these and I do too.
After we finished reading, I gave him some lizard and
snake templates I made and cut apart.
Then I cut apart a shower poof and
placed a piece of 7 ¼-inch wide cardboard inside the netting tube I cut. My son
picked the colors of acrylic paint to use on each snake.
We placed the paper under the netting and over the
cardboard. I taught my son to stencil, pouncing the brush until it was mostly
dry and then pouncing again over netting. The netting created the perfect “stencil”
to make scaly snake skin! Next, my son painted his lizards – one with spots,
the other with stripes.
I used a hairdryer to speed up the dry time. Once dry, he
added eyes with a black crayola marker. After I’d cut them out, we took them to
the store to be laminated.
Once laminated, I cut around each bookmark, used a punch to
add a hole in the mouth of each animal and my son threaded pink or red ribbon
through for a tongue. Of course, I added his name to the backs of each in the hope that his new super cool cold-blooded long-tongued bookmarks never slither away.