Friday, April 22, 2011

Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

We went to a local community garden for this week's Mommy and Me to enjoy Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit. The weather was perfect!  Our lesson plan is a little different for this week.  We chose not to do an art project.  Each family brought a picnic lunch and a picnic blanket instead of our traditional snack.

Circle Time: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

We gathered our blankets together in a quiet corner of the garden  to read the story of Peter Rabbit.  I love this classic tale.  The language is beautiful and the pictures perfect and simple.  It is a little longer story than we sometimes read, but I think the novelty of being outside (and the fact that it is a fun adventure story) helped the children sit longer. 

Activity 1: Walk in the Garden 
After reading the story, we explored the gardens with the children.  The garden has a flower garden and a vegetable garden.  We even spotted a gardener who looked a lot like Mr. McGregor!  We kept our eyes out for Peter, but he stayed hidden!

Activity 2: In the Trees
Peter and his family live inside of a tree.  Our garden also has a large magnolia tree that has an open area underneath to play.  The children explored the area and pretended to be rabbits. They also found a tree to climb.

Activity 3: Bunny, Bunny, Rabbit
Two moms played Bunny, Bunny, Rabbit (played like Duck, Duck Goose) with the children while the other moms prepped for the next activity.

Activity 4: Easter Egg Hunt
The children each brought 12 eggs with them and the mother's hid the eggs. The children had a fun time searching for the eggs together.  I know it has nothing to do with the story, but it was our Easter themed Mommy and Me class.  If you were doing this book a different time of year, you could leave out the egg hunt.

We enjoyed a picnic lunch together and all our good little bunnies ate blackberries for dessert. 


Melissa Taylor

what fun!

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