I had the best of intentions of working our way through many states this summer, but as the first days of school looms we have managed only two.
This was the first state that Gage chose himself and I have no idea why, but was happy to see him take an interest. We started by reading through the book and then I chose some 5-10 minute activities over the three days. My goal is really just two activities for each of the three days and then a book or two.
- Traced the state map, marked the capital and put on some stickers having to do with Arizona (thank you Jill!). Wrote Arizona.
2. Colored the state flag, state reptile (ridge nosed rattlesnake) and state flower (cactus blossom).
3. We made our own cactus blossom using this pin as an inspiration. We used a brown paper wine bag since it was brown and we could cut it to make it stand up. First we painted his hand green (he looked very Hulkish), then he used the dot paints to make the flowers. After the paint dried he added the ‘ouchies’, wrote his name at the bottom (any excuse to get him to practice), and he cut along the line I drew. Wha-la! a perfectly lovely cactus blossom.
4. Since the state coloring page included a snake we used this pin and made our own snakes. Here’s Gage making his. This activity is great for fine motor. First he cuts the strips, then he has to make a chain. He had to concentrate but he did it. We drew on eyes an a tongue and had snake fights.
5. Kay sent me this great book and it’s an Arizona spin on the Three Little Pigs. The Three Little Javelinas was PERFECT for learning about Arizona. Javelinas are sometimes called wild pigs, they are related to swine and hippopotamus and instead of them running from the Big Bad Wolf they are on the run from a coyote. The two brothers and one sister use traditional southwest things for their three houses; tumbleweed, sticks from inside a cactus (called saguaro ribs), and adobe bricks. Along the way you learn a few Spanish and Native American words and about how the traditional things are made or where they come from. The illustrations were wonderful and Gage loved it! So did I – thanks Kay! 32 pages and perfect for ages 3-7.
I found myself very uninspired by Indiana when we did this state so we didn’t do as much as I would have liked.
- Traced the state map, marked the capital and wrote Indiana.
- Colored the state flag.
- Drew lots of racetracks.
- Watched the movie Cars.
Keep sending me ideas for your state – especially book ideas!