Nuts about acorns in preschool | Lois Ehlert

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on September 22, 2012

in Acorn Discovery Bottles, Children's Books, Discovery Bottles, Estimating Acorns, Mathematics, Nuts to You!

As I have mentioned before, there are tons of acorns laying around the grounds of our preschool which means we have lots of squirrels too…

As part of our ongoing study of acorns and squirrels, we read the book titled “Nuts to You” by Lois Ehlert…

Which led to a discussion about the squirrels that live in our trees and the acorns they eat and hide all around our preschool grounds…

After reading the book, I set out a pile of acorns and asked the children to guess (or estimate) how many acorns were in my pile. Once the children placed a guess, we spread the acorns out and counted them to see for sure how many acorns were in that pile…

And then I asked the children to estimate how many acorns they could hold in their hand then invited the children to place the acorns, one at a time, in their hand to count how many they could actually hold in their hand…

We discovered that because Mrs. Stewart’s hands were bigger, she could hold the most acorns in her hand…

Then the children went off to the tables to explore more with our collection of acorns.  At the discovery table, the children used some of the acorns to make acorn discovery shaker bottles…

The challenging part of this process was trying to figure out which acorns would fit into the small hole at the top of the bottle and which acorns would not…

The children had to dig through our acorn basket to find just the right acorns for their bottles and then through trial and error, discover which acorns would work.  The children discovered that some acorns would fit just fine but because of the acorn cap, the acorns would not go all the way into the bottle so they had to choose to either take off the cap or find another acorn…

Lots of thinking, manipulating, and problem solving involved in this hands-on process and once the children were done with their bottles, we made lots of noise shaking those bottles around the room…

Tomorrow I will share with you what may be our very last acorn activity but who knows? As long as there are acorns to be found laying on the ground we may just find another way to learn with them!

I will add this activity to all the other wonderful Lois Ehlert books and activities being shared by my fellow bloggers in the Virtual Book Club for Kids this week.  If you want to see all the other Lois Ehlert books with activities, then just click here and view the linky below the post…


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1 Chris September 22, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Something else you can learn about the acorns you collected: Almost all acorns have a grub inside. When the acorn falls from the tree, the grub begins to eat its way out of the acorn, soon you will have little white grubs slithering among your acorns.

2 Melissa October 11, 2012 at 7:54 am

LOL, I’m glad you mentioned this Chris. Imagine my surprise when I invited the families at my school to begin collecting acorns two weeks early so we’d have a ton for our sensory & science tables~ only to make that discovery at the bottom of the bag. A whole topic of science I wasn’t planning on.

3 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. September 22, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Oh my! I better let my parents know! LOL!

4 Kim @ The Educators' Spin On It September 24, 2012 at 9:45 pm

What a fun activity! We have lots of acorns in the yard that my little ones loves to collect. We will be creating this to celebrate fall this week! Thanks for joining the Virtual Book Club for Kids!

5 Vanessa @ See Vanessa Craft September 25, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Fun activity! I’d love for you to link this up to Tot School Tuesday:

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