Little peas all around the classroom | Virtual Book Club for Kids

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on October 15, 2012

in Carpet Hopscotch, Children's Books, Discovery Table, Exploring Pea Pods, Games, Little Pea

The bloggers of the Virtual Book Club are celebrating the works of Amy Krouse Rosenthal this month and so my class has been busy reading up on a few of the beautifully illustrated books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal…

The Amy Krouse Rosenthal book titled, “Little Pea” is about a little pea that loves to play and loves his family but the one thing little pea doesn’t love is having to eat candy for dinner…

But much to his dismay, little pea must eat his dinner before he can have desert – a yummy bowl of spinach!  This book is so simple and yet offers many different concepts that are fun and easy to expand on in the classroom…

After reading “Little Pea,” I gave each child a “Little Pea” of their own to take home as their story book token.  I made the little peas out of green play dough, added eyes and a mouth, and let them dry until they were hard.  I was kind of in a hurry to get them to dry out so I put them in the microwave for about a minute to dry them out quicker. But you have to be careful if you do this because the play dough burns easily….

To expand on our “Little Pea” story, we prepared a number of centers for the children to explore. I don’t normally share so much in one post but I thought I would keep all the pieces of this day together – well most of the pieces anyway.

Math

For math, the children made patterns with pieces of candy (remember, little peas don’t like candy for dinner!) …

We set out little jars with different colors of wrapped candy in each jar.  Each child selected two different colors of candy to make their candy patterns with…

And of course, at the end of the day, the children got to select one piece of candy to take home…

Discovery Table

In our outdoor classroom, the children explored sugar peas and snap peas…

To explore the peas, we set out scales, scissors, tweezers and magnifying glasses and cups…

The children used the tools to open up the pea pods so they could take a closer look…

The children used their fine motor skills to dig out the peas with tweezers and as they worked, our entire outdoor classroom smelled like pea pods…

And the children added pea pods to the scales to see if they could make the dial on the scales go up and down.  We used this time to talk about how the scales work and what the numbers on the scales mean…

Little Pea Art

In art, the children used green play dough to make their own little peas. Making little peas is great fine motor work for small hands…

And after each child had a set of peas all ready to go, we set them aside to dry and harden so the children could add them to their  pea pods (green paper plates) the next day…

The children made pea pods by painting a paper plate green. It also had to dry overnight. After the paper plates dried, we folded them over and stapled the corners of the plates to make them look like little pea pods….

I did not get a photo of the completed pea pods and peas before they went home – but you can see what a completed pea pod looks like by clicking on this post here (only we made ours just slightly different)…

Large Motor

In the book, little pea likes to play hop scotch, among other games, so we made our own indoor hopscotch carpet game for the children to play…

And we made little pea rocks for the children to toss on the hopscotch board…

The children toss the little pea rock onto the hopscotch board and which ever square the rock lands in, the children are not supposed to jump in that square.  Some of the children used the rocks but most preferred to play the game without the rocks. It was quite challenging for the children to hop from square-to-square but they loved the challenge…

Waterplay

And in our outdoor classroom, the children explored pea green water and spray nozzles in the water table….

And we added green water beads for the children to explore in the water table as well…

And used little green peas made out of foam for target practice on the window easel…

Fine Motor

And finally, in our indoor classroom the children used spoons to spoon frozen peas into our measuring cups to weigh on our balance scales….

That about sums up all of our little pea activities and yes, it was messy and busy but that’s pretty much an average day around here…

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  • December 17th- Jan Brett
  • January 21st-David McPhail
  • February 18th-Dr. Seuss
  • March 18th-Julia Donaldson
  • April 15th-David Shannon
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  • August 19th-Donald Crews

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1 Linda October 15, 2012 at 8:19 am

I love it! Love the premise of the book and love all the activities you did with it. One of my favourite books is “Eat Your Peas” by Kes Gray. My class beg me to read it over and over again. You might like this funny little poem my Grandpa used to recite to me as a child. I recite/sing it to my class every time we read Eat Your Peas.

Ohhhhh, I eat my peas with honey,
I’ve done it all my life,
It makes the peas taste funny,
But it keeps them on the knife!

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 15, 2012 at 11:03 am

Haha – I LOVE that poem:)

3 stevie October 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I absolutely LOVE your activities! You truly captured the book. TFS

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 16, 2012 at 12:20 am

Thank you Stevie:)

5 Amy October 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Hi Deborah,
Just curious, about how many days in advance to you prep your activities for a particular day, and also, how far out do you plan your lessons (i.e. Little Pea Day).
I think you should publish a play-based curriculum!!

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 16, 2012 at 12:19 am

Hi Amy,
Well to tell you the truth, I am always planning but I don’t get down to the business of actually preparing until often times the day before. For example, I selected “Little Pea” fairly early as a book I wanted to introduce to my class so while out and about in the week or weekend before I planned to read it, I gathered different materials that might go with it. But the day before I read it is when I got down to the actual planning and preparing. My assistant and I walk through the possible ideas and set up the basics that we knew we wanted to share with the children. Then, like most days, I often will have new ideas that come my way during the evening and if I have time, I add them as well. I have this problem of working and thinking best at the last minute. I do not plan anything very far advance except the books I wish to share with my class. All other planning is pretty much day by day. I wish I could think ahead a little more but I really don’t seem to work well that way. Oh- and I make a lot of late night runs to the grocery store or Walmart (for things like pea pods) which drives my husband crazy:) But keep in mind – our class leaves by noon each day giving my assistant and I time to prepare for the next day. I suppose if the children came all day, I would have to prepare a little more in advance. But when I did teach full time, I still had the tendency to stay up late preparing for the next day. I guess it is just how I roll!

7 Trisha @ Inspiration Laboratories October 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

So many wonderful activities to go along with Little Pea. I love them all, but I think my favorite is the weighing of the peas. :)

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. October 16, 2012 at 12:20 am

Oh my gosh – I loved that too except we did have quite a few little peas smashed in our shoes:)

9 School Sparks Renee October 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Thanks for introducing me to this book – it looks adorable. I love all of the creative and practical activities you do with your children. Who would guess that there are so many wonderful extensions from a sweet little book?! Wow! Renee

10 Laura October 16, 2012 at 11:02 am

Fun activities!! I love being able to expand a book into so many different areas of learning and development, and all in ways that are just playing and having fun for the kids! Great post!!

11 Allison October 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

We also did Little Pea this month. :) I love all the different ways you explored peas! I love the weighing, the green water beads, and the hopscotch. I also love the art you incorporated. I was planning to do Little Pea playdough, but we ran out of time. Great post, as always. :)

12 kylie January 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I really love the book LMNO Peas by Keith Baker … its about peas who have different professions from A – Z and the illustrations are beautiful.

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