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Use a large piece of paper. Let children drop small amounts of paint (different colors works well, or just use blue and red for a patriotic look. If you can, get black paper and use red, white and blue for fireworks in the night sky). Have the children swirl the paint out with a spoon, let them keep swirling from the center, in all directions around the drop of paint. Some of them may overlap, and that is fine, too. When it is finished it looks like fireworks bursting in the sky. Or give the child a straw and have them blow into the pools of paint to make their own free form painting of fireworks. Click here for instructions.
At the library look for books about bees such as Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett or Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me?: A Garden Guessing Game by Anne Rockwell
Arts and Crafts:
Make a large "Bee Garden" poster: Use green paper and create a flower garden using markers or construction paper or crayons. Draw bees visiting the flowers.
Make a Bee Headband: Use a 1 1/2 inch wide piece of construction paper measured to fit the circumference of the child's head for the headband. You need chenille stems (pipe cleaners) if you want to make the flowers stand up. Make the flowers out of tissues or stiff paper.
Make a Bee Snack:
Make pumpernickel (dark) bread with melted cheese stripes.
Six Buzzing Bumblebees (a finger play use your fingers as the bees)
Six buzzing bumblebees
Flying ' round the hive,
One buzzes off and then there are five.
Five buzzing bumblebees
Flying near my door,
One buzzes off and then there are four
Four buzzing bumblebees
Flying ' round a tree.
One buzzes off and then there are three.
Three buzzing bumblebees
In the sky so blue.
One buzzes off and then there are two.
Two buzzing bumblebees
Flying toward the sun.
One buzzes off and then there is one.
One buzzing bumblebee
Looking for some fun,
Oops! It stung me….off it buzzes.
Then there are none.
Mix on low speed: eggs, sugar, salt, butter, syrup, and cream. Stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour into a prepared pie shell and bake at 375°F for 50 minutes or until filling is set and pastry is golden brown. Cool before cutting
Fish at the library!
Fish CurlsYou will need colored paper strips, a stapler, glue and a pencil.
Make an Edible Aquarium
Fish Jokes to Share!
I Spy To play this game simply choose an object within eyeshot and state the color of the object (or with older children say the first letter that the name of the object begins with). For example, if your object is a banana you say “I spy with my little eye, something yellow (or beginning with ‘B’) ”. Each person takes turns guessing what object you spied. Whoever guesses the object gets to go next.
Hide It Hide an object in an obvious place. For example, place your portable telephone on top of the television. The first person to find the telephone gets to pick the next object and hide it. The only rule is that the object cannot actually be “hidden”, it must be in a visible place and not hidden from view.
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