Vegetables and Vehicles, an Art Storytime


It’s Harvest Time by Jean McElroy
Rah, Rah, Radishes: A Vegetable Chant by April Pulley Sayre

We continued our “Dig into Reading” theme again this week with VEGETABLES. We began by reading It’s Harvest Time. This book was a last minute find. I was very excited to find this book. The book features photographs of seeds and shows them in the beginnings of the germination process and then shows the harvested fruit or vegetable. The kids really liked seeing all the seeds and guessing what the final product would be. The format of this book was also interesting as each page folded out in stages.

Our second story was Rah, Rah, Radishes: A Vegetable Chant. The kids enjoyed this book more than I thought they would. We spent the entire book looking at the quality photographs of vegetables and discussing the ones we liked to eat. I (in addition to their parents) was quite impressed with the number of vegetables they claim to eat.

Flannel Activity:

This weeks activity was a flannel rhyme, Magical Rainbow Stew. I first discovered this flannel through Flannel Friday about a year ago and every time I do it with the kids they are amazed! Check out Storytime ABC’s Flannel Friday post for more details!

Begin by introducing the children to a rainbow collection of plastic fruit. To do the activity, start with your red fruit and put it in your pot. Stir the pot with a nice big spoon as you repeat the rhyme below. At the end of the rhyme, pull out pre-cut pieces of your flannel rainbow. Repeat with all the fruit until your entire rainbow is up.

Rainbow Stew

Take an apple, put it in the pot
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
Take it out. What will it be?
The prettiest red you ever did see.

Art Station:

This week our art word was VARIETY. We discussed the meaning of the word and then talked about the importance of variety in our lives. The children discussed the different types of art projects we sometimes work on and then I introduced them to yet another variety of art project…. painting with vehicles. The process for this project was to drop a small amount of watered down tempera paint onto their papers and then drive through the paint with matchbox cars.

The children really enjoyed this art process. The only issue was in the amount of paint applied to their papers. I clearly stated at the beginning of this project that parents should apply the paint and there should be no more than a teaspoon of paint total. However, quite a few of the papers were soaked with paint.

Featured art station set up:

  • Paper
  • Watered down tempera paint (1 part paint: 1 part water)
  • Spoons (for dripping paint)
  • Cars

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