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Grade: Elementary

#956. "B" letter ideas

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Thu Apr 8 12:10:46 PDT 1999 by Jan k/ne and the Early Childhood Ring (jblecha@genie.esu10.k12.ne.us).
Dudley Elementary,
Concepts Taught: "B" letter activities

B letter ideas
Bunny Counting Story: http://www.magickeys.com/books/count/index.html
Letter Bb
Distinquish between b and d
Have the children make
two fists with fingers facing toward them, thumbs up (b and d). Then say this poem:
"B on the left side, D on the right.
Breakfast in the morning, dinner at night."

Six Buzzing Bumblebees

Six buzzing bumblebees
Flying around the hive,
One buzzes off
And that leaves five.

Five buzzing bumblebees
Flying near my door,
One buzzes off
And that leaves four.

Four buzzing bumblebees
Flying around a tree,
One buzzes off
And that leaves three.

Three buzzing bumblebees
In the sky so blue,
One buzzes off
And that leaves two.

Two buzzing bumblebees
Flying by the sun,
One buzzes off
And that leaves one.

One buzzing bumblebee
Looking for some fun,
It buzzes off
And that leaves none.

--Susan M. Paprocki
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Bugs! Bugs!

Bugs! Bugs!
I love bugs,
yes I truly do,
great big pink ones,
little green stink ones,
yellow bugs and blue.
I put you in my pockets,
and I wear you in my hair.
You are my close companions,
I take you every where.

Bugs! Bugs!
I love bugs,
any shape or size,
thin ones, fat ones,
long ones, flat ones,
bugs with bulging eyes.
I hug you and kiss you
and I bounce you on my knee.
No matter what I'm doing,
my bugs are close to me.

Bugs! Bugs!
I love bugs,
bugs you are my friends,
square ones, round ones,
half a pound ones,
bugs with big rear ends.
I love to watch you scamper,
and I love to watch you chew.
I've no doubt about it--
bugs, I'm bugs for you!
by Jack Prelutsky
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In regards to ideas for a bubble unit... This month's Kindergarten edition
(Aug/ Sept 1998) of The Mailbox Magazine has a few pages with bubble
activities. It's worth a look and they seem like a lot of fun! A cute book
to use with a bubble unit is The Bubble Factory. I can't remember who the
author is at the moment, but I could check at school tomorrow if you want.
Hope this helps!
Lori in Orlando
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B is for butterflies. Do the obvious - Eric Carle book... Painting butterflies
etc.."Brother butterflies at circle Time for matching #s or upper and lower
case letters.. LOTS you can do with butterflies.
Bubbles/ play with them ; make them on paper with blue bingo dabbers.
B is for buttons..... (good book :Snowballs)
B is for bIG (Do lesson on size differntiation)
BEARS: Here you can tie in sizes with Goldilocks and 3 bears. Teddy Bears
picnic. (Corduroy, Paddingtonand Pooh books) Lacing bears. Make paper bears
for color matching ....
B is for brown and blue. Use these colors.
B is for balls/gross motor.
B is for BOOKS: Have the kids make their own.
B is for berries. "Blueberries for Sal" book. Follow up with a bucket made
from silver paper and kids fingerdot (paint) blueberries on top.
B is for Brown Bear books.
B is for babboons/ facts for Science/Animal Nature.
Laurie
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Kim ;D

Bb

B Shape With Buttons or Beans
B shape could have buttons or beans glued to it. Children just love to look
at old buttons also.

Bee Wings
The letter B could be the wings of a bee. For a big bee attach the letter B
to a big blown up balloon. Be sure to discard the pieces when the balloon
pops.

Bubble Prints
Blow bubbles and pop them so they print on a B shape. Add blue food coloring
to the bubbles for color.

Barbie Computer Program
*We played on the computer with the Barbie program.

Boodley Man
Made noodle pictures with the letter B and created fictional B characters with
noodles. My fav----Boodly Man

Barney Starts with B
Dance to loud Barney music or watch a Barney video

Draw B for the World to See
Put shaving cream on lg picture window and finger painted. Drew the letter B
and B things. (this lasted 2 hrs)

Play With Barbies
Brought in snow and played in snow with Barbies (had all girls today)

Bead Necklaces
Made Bead necklaces

Small Boxes
Finger painted boxes

Play Ball
Made nylon balls (threw into painted boxes in afternoon)

Feast on a Blanket
Had lunch on a blanket

Beach Boys
Played Beach Boys music

Binoculars
With two empty toilet paper rolls per child, glue the rolls together to form
binoculars. Punch holes at one end on the outside of the rolls and tie a
string from one to the other so binoculars may hang around neck. Decorate with
stickers, markers, or paints. Wear on walking field trips!

Fingerpaint Balloons
Glue five lids (baby food lids) open ends up, in a semicircle on a piece of
heavy cardboard and fill each cap with a different color of tempera paint.
Have each child in turn dip all five fingers of one hand into the paint in the
lids and then press them on a sheet of white construction paper to make
prints. When the paint has dried, let the children draw lines down from their
fingerprints, turning them into balloons with strings.

Painting with Balloons
Pour three or four different colors of tempera paint into separate aluminum
pie tins. Partially blow up a small balloon that matches each paint color.
Then have the children dip the balloons into the matching colored paints and
press them on sheets of white construction paper to create balloon prints.

Balloon Lotto
Make a balloon lotto game by dividing a piece of heavy white paper into six
sections and drawing a different colored balloon in each square. Cut matching
colored squares out of construction paper. To play the game, have the
children take turns placing the construction paper squares on top of the
matching colored balloons.

Balloon Fish
Partially blow up ten small balloons. Place them in a dishpan full of water.
Set the pan on the floor and let the children take turns fishing for balloon
fish with a food strainer. Help each child count his or her catch before
putting the fish back in the pan.

Balloon Jump
Blow up balloons and tie them with long strings. Then hang the balloons from
the ceiling at a height that will tempt the children to stretch, jump and bat
the balloons around.

Babies
Ask parents to send some baby and new mother magazines and catalogs in.
Invite the children to look through the magazines and catalogs and cut out
pictures of baby items - highchairs, baby food, cribs, baby toys, bottles,
diapers, playpens, and so on. Disucss how each baby item is used and then
help the children glue the pictures to a large sheet of construction paper.

Teach the children to sing "Rock-a-Bye Baby" - Invite them to share other
lullabies they know.

Encourage each child to bring a baby picture of himself or herself to school.
Display the pictures on a bulletin board. Invite the childrn to guess who the
babies are. Put in one of your own.

Balance
Challenge the children to try walking with a book or beanbag balanced on
their heads.

Ask the children to stand with one foot lifted up off the ground. Then have
them close their eyes. Discuss what happens!

Tape a long strip of wide tape down the middle of a hallway floor. Challenge
the children to walk along the tape line. See who can walk the farthest
without stepping off the tape.

Ball
Provide opportunities for the chidlren to practice bouncing playground or
tennis balls. Have children bounce balls using both hands and then using only
one hand. Invite pairs of children to bounce and catch and then throw and
catch different size balls.

Help the children make a large collage of pictures of baseball and basketball
players. Invite the children to look through sports magazines to find
appropriate picutures.

Sponsor a basketball-shooting contest. Look for a lowered basket or have the
children throw the ball or beanbags into a trash can instead.

Discuss the various types of balls. Make a list of the balls the children
name. Suggest that a children bring to school several different types of
balls to share. Invite the children to draw pictures of their favorite balls.

Read Curious George Plays Baseball. If possible, arrange for the children to
practice batting using a large plastic bat and ball.

Teach the children to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" Point out that this
tune is a favorite among dedicated baseball fans and is often sung during the
7th inning stretch of a baseball game.

Balloons
(be very careful with balloon pieces near small children)

Give each child a balloon. Have the children practice blowing them up. Help
each child tie his or her balloon and play "Balloon Keep It Up". See how long
the children can keep their balloons up in the air without letting them touch
the ground.

Show the children how to draw a balloon. Invite them to draw balloons on
large sheets of painting paper. Suggest that they paint each balloon a
different color.

Read Benjamin's Balloon. Blow up and tie a balloon for each child. After
the children have played with the balloons challenge them th sit on their
balloons and pop them.

Play "Balleyball" - a variation of volleyball.

Banana
Take a survey - find out how many children like bananas - graph the results.
Then make several different banana dishes for the children to sample - such as
Banana Nut Spread (mix mashed bananas with peanut butter - spread on
crackers), banana pudding, banana berry mix (slice bananas, add other fresh
berries, top with yogurt and brown sugar).

Make banana splits :-) - let the children cut their own bananas with a plastic
knife.

Bathroom
Invite the children to bring their favorite bathtub toy - fill a large tub
with water and let the children float their toys or cut a large sheet of blue
butcher paper to place on the floor. Read the Beast in the Bathtub.

Help the children make a list of the items found in a bathroom. Encourage
them to find pictures of these items in old magazines - use the pictures to
make a collage.

Beads
Provide opportunities for children to string beads. Start by having them
string the beads in any order - then try to have them follow a pattern.

Have the children sort beads according to attributes - size, shape or color.

Draw a large letter B with glue on a sheet of construction paper - let them
arrange the beads along the glue line to make the a "Beady B"

Beans
Ask each child to bring one small bag of dried beans of any kind. Mix all
the beans together in one large container. Have the children sort the beans.
Teach them the names of each of the beans.

Point out that beans are a vegetable. Make bean salad (mix green, wax and
kidney beans top with ital dressing mixed with a little sugar).

Have each child make a large letter B with glue on paper - glue the beans in
the letter shape.

Give each child one sectioned half of an egg carton and a large handful of
dried beans. Post a number between one and ten (depending on the maturity of
the children). Ask the children to count that many beans into each section of
their egg cartons.

Bear
Invite Loopy D. Bear to visit :-)

Sponsor a "Bear Day". Invite each child to bring to school a favorite stuffed
bear. Plan to have a Bear Picnic. Have the children make bear shaped
invitations to take home to their teddy bears. Plan a Bear Menu - honey and
peanut butter sandwiches, berries, carrot sticks, Berry Blue Kool-aid and bear
shaped cookies. Help the children make a Welcome Bears sign to hang.

Have each child draw a large letter B with a pencil on a piece of blue, black
or brown construction paper. ive each child a small cupful of little bear
shaped cookies. Have the children arrange the little bears along the drawn B.

Teach the children to sing the Bear Went Over the Mountain. Read the B Book
by Stan and Jan Berenstain.

Read Country Bear's Good Neighbor. Focus the children's attention on the
pictures. The book also containes a recipe for "Country Bear's Good Neighbor
Cake" which makes a delicious treat. (The cake must be baked in the oven and
has an apple-cinnamon flavor).

Cut circles of various sizes from brown construction paper. Help the
children arrange the circles on sheets of paper to make little bears. Suggest
that they make a blue bow tie and glue on two buttons for eyes.

Beautiful
Make "Beautiful B Banners" - cut large triangles from blue, brown or black
const. paper. Have the children use paint, glitter, scraps and other
materials to make a big B on the banner - have children cut out pictures from
magazines of items that begin with the letter B - glue them to the side of the
banner.

Help the children make a list of beautiful items, such as a rainbow, a ring,
or a sunset. Ask each child to draw a picture of the item that he or she
thinks is the most beautiful.

Bird
Make bird feeders. Mix birdseed and peanut butter together. Have the
children use popsicle sticks or tounge depressers to scrape the mixture onto
wide spaced cones. You could also string together pieces of bread, orange
slices, cranberries and popcorn. Send home a list with the children of foods
that birds will eat - have them bring one of these items in - then make the
bird feeders from whatever foods they bring in. hang the food outside for the
birds. If possible hang the feeders from a tree that can be seen from a
window so the children can watch the birds eating.

Make a large letter B with glue - sprinkle with birdseed. Wait a few minutes
and shake the excess seed from the paper.

Read The Blue Bird by Maurice Maeterlinck - make a bird from construction
paper. Give each child two different circle patterns to cut out of colored
paper. Glue the two circles on a half sheet of construction paper. Explain
that the smaller circle is the head and the larger the body. Cut several 1x6"
strips of construction paper - select four strips to make a tail for the
birds. make diamond shaped beaks. add eyes

Birthday
Make a large birthday cake from construction paper. Have each child draw,
color and cut out a candle from const. paper. Write their names and
birthdates on the candle and glue to the cake.

Blocks

Blow
Make blow paintings. Put large dabs of watered down tempra on sheets of
paper. With a straw, have the kids blow the paint around.

Blue
Eat blueberries, make blueberry muffins and read Blueberries for Sal

Have a blue day - have everyone wear something blue - make berry blue Kool-aid
- read New Blue Shoes.

Boat
Sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

Paint, color, or draw a boat - make a boat from playdough

Body
Play Simon Says - use parts of your body - such as "Simon Says wiggle your
wrist"

Sing Head and Shoulders

Do the Hokey Pokey

Look in catalogs for pictures of people - find pictures that include the
entire body.

Sing If Youre Happy and You Know It - substitute body parts such as If your
happy and you know it beat your chest

Books Books Books!!
Set up a "Book Center" - Sponsor a "Book Day"

Bread
Read What Was It Before It Was Bread? - visit a bakery or make bread at home

Get several different types of bread - have the children sample each kind -
discuss how they taste alike or different -

Make Banana Bread
Make Banana Bread using your favorite recipe and Butter - very easy - pour
whipping cream and a touch of salt into baby food jars - shake until butter
forms!

Make Biscuits

Breakfast
Cut out breakfast foods from magazines - glue to a paper plate - write B is
for Breakfast at the top

Read Breakfast Time - have the children help prepare breakfast

Bridge
Sing London Bridges

Have children lie on their backs with their hands over their heads and push up
to make a bridge. Have other children crawl under bridges.

Brown
Give the children small dabs of red, yellow and blue or orange and black
fingerpaint - have them mix them with their fingers - makes brown - have the
children write B's in the paint.

Make "Brown Cows"
(rootbeer float with choc. ice cream) explain how this drink got its name -
"brown" is for the color of root beer and "cow" is for the milk in the ice
cream.

Bumblebee
Sing Baby Bumblebee

Help the children cut out a simple bee hive from brown paper - and make a
small bee.

Bunny
Sing Little Bunny Foo Foo - add features to the letter B to make a bunny

Read Runaway Bunny - visit a live bunny at a pet shop.

Make Bunny Babies using halved hard boiled eggs - place on lettuce yolk side
down - cut the other half lengthwise to form ears - add raisins for eyes and
celery or carrot sticks for wiskers

Bus
Watch Magic School Bus or visit a local school and see their bus'

Sing Wheels on the Bus


Butterfly
Fold white const. paper in half - cut out a butterfly shape. drop small
amounts of tempra on one wing - fold and press

Read the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Buttons
Glue odd buttons onto a large letter B
Sort buttons

Ball/Balloon in the Air
Stand in a group with the children and tap up a ball/balloon. (Use two or
three for a large group) Have the child closest to where the balloon starts to
come down tap it up again with his or her hand. The object of the game is to
see how long the group can keep the balloon in the air.

Bounce the Balloons
Sing to: "The Mulberry Bush"
This is the way we
Bounce the balloons
Bounce the balloons
This is the way we
Bounce the balloons,
Gently in the air.


Big Bugs
Give each child a potato for a body of a bug. Provide toothpicks, pins with
colored heads, pipe cleaners, buttons, and colored paper to complete the bug.
Have the children give the bugs names beginning with the sound of B.

Beautiful Blue Bunnies
Give each child bright blue tempera or finger paint and have them paint a cut
out shape of a bunny. Have each child tell something about their painting.
Write out what the children say in their own words, then have them find and
draw balloons around letter.


Balance Beam
Use a balance beam to work with the children on balance and coordination. Have
them practice walking frontward, backward, and sideways using slow and quick
movements. Tape a B to the wall for the children to focus on as they work on
the beam.

Bouncing Balls
Work with balls to develop the children's bouncing and catching skills.
Ask the children to call "B" as they bounce.

Bugs on a Bed
Give each child a slice of Whole Wheat Bread. Have the children first put
"bedspreads" on their "beds" using peanut butter, cream cheese or butter. Then
have them put "bugs" on the beds using small edibles such as raisins, nuts,
cereal bits, small pieces of fruit or vegetables.

Fun With Beanbags
*play a type of tic-tac-toe game where they toss the bean bags onto a board
and try to have them land on certain targets.

*You could also put letters on the floor, have the children toss a bean
bag, and have them name the letter that it lands on. More advanced
children might think of a word that starts with the letter.

*There is a whole album donated to bean bag activities...I think the name of
it is BEAN BAG ACTIVITIES (appropriately so) I don't have the exact name or
author/musician, it's at school. We got ours from our school products store
but I've seen it in a number of school supply catalogs since then.

*Also, Hap Palmer has a bean bag song on one of his albums called "The Bean
Bag"

*Play a game like musical chairs. Pass a bean bag (or two or three) around
the circle until the music stops. Then start up again. Try to make it
challenging by changing the way in which the bean bag is passed. Over the
head, behind the back, between the legs, etc.

*We add bean bags in our parachutte play and have it pop like popcorn. It
does pop out but that's half the fun.

*Play Simon Says with bean bags.

*Put on some marching music and march with bean bags balanced on head,
shoulder, out stretched arm or hand, finger, foot, etc.

Busy Bees
Have children paint a paper plate yellow. Let dry. Then paint on black
stripes, if desired. Cut out rectangles with a circle on top for the
antanae. Glue that to the plate. Afterwards just add eyes (either draw them
or use the googly eyes) and a smile.

Bubbles(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)
Bubbles floating all around (pretend to catch bubbles)
Bubbles fat and bubbles round (make a big circle w/ arms)
Bubbles on my toes and nose
(point to toes; point to nose)
Blow a bubble. ..up it goes! (pretend to blow bubble; point up)
Bubbles floating all around. (pretend to catch bubbles) Bub. . .bles
fall. . .ing to...the...ground. (sing slowly & sink to ground)

Balloon Match
To make the game, draw or trace a picture of a clown holding a bunch of
balloons on 8 x 12 poster board. Draw the balloons by tracing around a
plastic milk cap. Youll need to save caps in several colors. With markers,
color the clown and each balloon to match your collection of milk caps. To
make the board longer lasting, use Contac paper.

Activity B
Explore "backwards". Try a backwards day. What can you wear backwards? You
can wear a hat, shirt, or pants backward. What else can be worn backwards?
Can shoes be worn backwards? What are some reasons we don't spend our lives
walking backwards? What would life be like if we had to walk backward?

"B" Activities
Blues Clues Day
Make dog prints with blue ink.
Blue Ink Rubber Stamps
Make any kind of a print with rubber stamps and blue ink.

"B" Smells
Materials:
Lots of paper bags
Lots of "B" word smells - bananas, bread, blueberry muffin, brownies,
broccoli, bacon, bubble bath soap
Directions:
Put the "B" items in each bag and have the children guess what is in the
bag.

Blue Bubbles
Materials:
Throwaway cup
Equal amounts of liquid dish soap and water
Blue food coloring or blue paint
Straw (cut small slit in it to prevent sucking up into the mouth but
allowing
bubbles to come out the bottom)
Directions:
Mix up bubble solution in each cup. Add blue food coloring. Blow bubbles
into cup until almost overflowing. Take white paper and lay in the bubbles.
When they pop on the paper, it leaves pretty blue circles.

Banana Pudding

Set up supplies to let each kid make their own banana pudding with layered
bananas/vanilla wafers/vanilla pudding.

"B" Collage
Draw a large "B" and then let kids glue beads or other "B" things on it.

Blue/"B" Collage
Draw a large "B" and then let kids glue blue things on it.

Butter
Ingredients:
1 pint whipping cream
Salt
Baby food jar for each child
Directions:
Put cream in container. Shake forever until thick like butter. Drain any
excess liquid and add salt to flavor. Serve on banana bread.

"B" Foods
Bacon
Bagels
Baked Beans
Banana Bread
Barbecue
Beans
Bean Sprouts
Beets
Berries
Black Eyed Peas
Bran Muffins
Bread Sticks
Broth
Brownies
Brown Sugar
Brussel Sprouts
Butterscotch
Buttermilk
Beef
Bell Peppers
Biscuits
Bologna
Brazil Nuts

B: bouncing balls - give children lots of opportunities with many sizes of
balls.
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A little poem to help reinforce how to print lowercase b.

Lowercase b
By Mrs. Alphabet

First make the long bat (l)
Then the round ball (o)
Bat, ball, and baseball.
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*balls, bubbles, bears, bananas, beads, beans, beets, bees, buttons, brads
*I introduce each letter by pulling out my Letter ___ Bag (gallon size ziplock
bag containing things that begin with that letter). The B Bag could contain:
buttons, belt, beans, brads, a beet, beads, a bottle of bubbles, a banana
(plastic one wouldn't have to be replaced), a stuffed bear, miniature ball,
bag, bandana, barrette, bell, bone, bottle, basket, badge, book, balloon
*read Bubble Bubble by Mercer Mayer
*blow bubbles
*have students draw ____# of bubbles
*practice writing Bb
*color and decorate a ball
*count beans into cups labeled with numbers
*eat bananas
*draw and color a banana
*count beans onto a workmat containing a grid labeled with the numbers that
you're working on
*read The Three Bears and play matching game of capital and lowercase letters
using bear cutouts
*label bear cutouts with numbers and have students sequence them
*give students a beehive labeled with a number and have them glue the
appropriate number of bees onto the hive
*have students draw beehives with ___# of bees
*make a matcing game with bees labeled with #s and hives containing black
dots. The students match the correct bee to the correct hive
*use bear counters
*read The Bear's Bike by Emilie Warren McLeod
*make a B poster by placing a large Bb on poster board: have students glue on
things that begin with a B using precut pictures/things or pictures they've
found in magazines (beans, balloons, beads, Band Aid, buttons, boxes, brads,
branches, bread, brown bags, bows)
*students make large Bb using beans; glue onto construction paper; masters can
be used also so that students just have to glue the beans onto the lines
*have a box containing things that begin with /b/ and things that do not. As
you remove the things from the box, have students identify them. Them allow
students the opportunity to choose one thing each that begins with the /b/ and
place it back into the box. Those things that do not begin with B do not go
into the box. You may have the students identify what sound that they begin
with also. (some things that could be used that were not listed for the B Bag
are : basketball, baseball, barbeque sauce, bowl, backpack, boot, battery
*students walk, jump, step backwards
*work on location word: behind, below
*students lay on floor and sizzle like bacon
*students bounce up and down
*students fly like butterflies
*Pretend to:
~bounce a ball
~button and unbutton your shirt
~build with blocks
~blow bubbles
~blow up a balloon
~eat a biscuit
~brush your teeth
*make a birthday graph
*draw, color, decorate a birthday cake with the correct number of candles for
their age
*butterfly pictures: have students draw a background of hills, flowers, sun,
clouds, etc. then add butterflies made from pretzels. each student is given
4 curly pretzels to create 2 butterflies on their paper. demonstrate how to
place the two "flatter" sides of the two pretzels together, forming the wings
of the butterfly. the students decide where they want their butterflies on
their picture; glue on the pretzels, then use a crayon or marker to add the
antenaes
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EAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY (The Magic School Bus site hyperlink)
*make butterflies from two coffee filters and a pipecleaner. have students
decorate two coffee filters with washable markers. spray them with water
using a mister. the marker will bleed all over the filter. after the filters
are dry, gather each filter down the middle. place the two filters together
and bind them with the pipe cleaner. use the rest of the pipe cleaner to form
the body and the antenaes of the butterfly. adjust wings.

Cindy/SPED K-2
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*Make butter. Put some heavy cream in a baby food jar and SHAKE!

Melanie
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Welcome to AntBoy's Butterfly Page!
http://www.heatersworld.com/bugworld/buttrfly.html

Children's Butterfly Site
http://www.mesc.nbs.gov/Butterfly.html

Butterfly Photos
butterfly
http://www.mgfx.com/butterfly/gallery/index.htm

Butterflies on the Internet.
http://butterflywebsite.com/resource/index.htm
olored picture's to print out

Brenda (Brenderlee@aol.com)
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Children's Butterfly Site Butterfly and Moth Li
http://www.mesc.usgs.gov/butterfly-life-cycle.html
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BUG IN A JUG
Curious fly,
Vinegar jug,
Slippery edge,
Pickled bug.

Craft: Butterflies in a cocoon.
We made cocoons out of toliet tissue rolls. The children wrapped brown
yarn around them. We left a long string to use as a hanger.
Butterflies were made out of 2 coffee filters. Gather like a fan, pinch
in the middle and use a pipecleaner to form body and antenae. Have the
children decorate with markers. Then spray with water. The colors will
run. When dry place inside the cocoon. Kids loved doing this project and
they came out great. Not an original idea.

Here is a song sung to the tune of "twinkle twinkle little
star."
Butterfly, Butterfly,
Fly Away,
You were a caterpillar yesterday
Butterfly, Butterfly
You never stay,
always flying to a new day.

We make a "poster" depicting the lifecycle of a butterfly, using colored
pasta. I don't remember the names of the pasta but you can find a tiny
round one to represent the egg, a long thin one for the caterpillar,
shell macaroni for the chrysalis, and bowtie for the burtterfly. I color
each kind with a squirt bottle of food coloring plus 1/3 rubbing
alcohol--each kind a different color.

Stacie in Ct.
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At circle time, I give each child a "half" of a butterfly that matches only
one other child's (you could color these from a pattern and cut in half, or
use wallpaper samples), and we turn on the classical music. The children "fly"
around, and when the music stops, they have to find the other half of their
butterfly.
For a math activity, using a butterfly bulletin board border, cut out the
individual butterflies and laminate, then have the children form patterns with
them.
Submitted by Karen of the KOS Loop
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.Buttons...sorting them by size, color and then letting the children decide on
how to sor them..Example..by number of holes, shapes, fancy or plain.
Making butter using heavy whipping cream and putting this into a tight fitting
plastic small jar. Place a marble in with the whipping cream and shake until
you hardly hear the marble. This means the butter is ready.
Teach color words black, brown and blue.

Cathy

Bread
Read What Was It Before It Was Bread? - visit a bakery or make bread at home

Get several different types of bread - have the children sample each kind -
discuss how they taste alike or different -

Make Banana Bread
Make Banana Bread using your favorite recipe and Butter - very easy - pour
whipping cream and a touch of salt into baby food jars - shake until butter
forms!

Make Biscuits

Breakfast
Cut out breakfast foods from magazines - glue to a paper plate - write B is
for Breakfast at the top

Read Breakfast Time - have the children help prepare breakfast

Bridge
Sing London Bridges

Have children lie on their backs with their hands over their heads and push up
to make a bridge. Have other children crawl under bridges.

Brown
Give the children small dabs of red, yellow and blue or orange and black
fingerpaint - have them mix them with their fingers - makes brown - have the
children write B's in the paint.

Make "Brown Cows"
(rootbeer float with choc. ice cream) explain how this drink got its name -
"brown" is for the color of root beer and "cow" is for the milk in the ice
cream.

Bumblebee
Sing Baby Bumblebee

Help the children cut out a simple bee hive from brown paper - and make a
small bee.

Bunny
Sing Little Bunny Foo Foo - add features to the letter B to make a bunny

Read Runaway Bunny - visit a live bunny at a pet shop.

Make Bunny Babies using halved hard boiled eggs - place on lettuce yolk side
down - cut the other half lengthwise to form ears - add raisins for eyes and
celery or carrot sticks for wiskers

Bus
Watch Magic School Bus or visit a local school and see their bus'

Sing Wheels on the Bus


Butterfly
Fold white const. paper in half - cut out a butterfly shape. drop small
amounts of tempra on one wing - fold and press

Read the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Buttons
Glue odd buttons onto a large letter B
Sort buttons

Ball/Balloon in the Air
Stand in a group with the children and tap up a ball/balloon. (Use two or
three for a large group) Have the child closest to where the balloon starts to
come down tap it up again with his or her hand. The object of the game is to
see how long the group can keep the balloon in the air.

Bounce the Balloons
Sing to: "The Mulberry Bush"
This is the way we
Bounce the balloons
Bounce the balloons
This is the way we
Bounce the balloons,
Gently in the air.


Big Bugs
Give each child a potato for a body of a bug. Provide toothpicks, pins with
colored heads, pipe cleaners, buttons, and colored paper to complete the bug.
Have the children give the bugs names beginning with the sound of B.

Beautiful Blue Bunnies
Give each child bright blue tempera or finger paint and have them paint a cut
out shape of a bunny. Have each child tell something about their painting.
Write out what the children say in their own words, then have them find and
draw balloons around letter.


Balance Beam
Use a balance beam to work with the children on balance and coordination. Have
them practice walking frontward, backward, and sideways using slow and quick
movements. Tape a B to the wall for the children to focus on as they work on
the beam.

Bouncing Balls
Work with balls to develop the children's bouncing and catching skills.
Ask the children to call "B" as they bounce.

Bugs on a Bed
Give each child a slice of Whole Wheat Bread. Have the children first put
"bedspreads" on their "beds" using peanut butter, cream cheese or butter. Then
have them put "bugs" on the beds using small edibles such as raisins, nuts,
cereal bits, small pieces of fruit or vegetables.

Fun With Beanbags
*play a type of tic-tac-toe game where they toss the bean bags onto a board
and try to have them land on certain targets.

*You could also put letters on the floor, have the children toss a bean
bag, and have them name the letter that it lands on. More advanced
children might think of a word that starts with the letter.

*There is a whole album donated to bean bag activities...I think the name of
it is BEAN BAG ACTIVITIES (appropriately so) I don't have the exact name or
author/musician, it's at school. We got ours from our school products store
but I've seen it in a number of school supply catalogs since then.

*Also, Hap Palmer has a bean bag song on one of his albums called "The Bean
Bag"

*Play a game like musical chairs. Pass a bean bag (or two or three) around
the circle until the music stops. Then start up again. Try to make it
challenging by changing the way in which the bean bag is passed. Over the
head, behind the back, between the legs, etc.

*We add bean bags in our parachutte play and have it pop like popcorn. It
does pop out but that's half the fun.

*Play Simon Says with bean bags.

*Put on some marching music and march with bean bags balanced on head,
shoulder, out stretched arm or hand, finger, foot, etc.

Busy Bees
Have children paint a paper plate yellow. Let dry. Then paint on black
stripes, if desired. Cut out rectangles with a circle on top for the
antanae. Glue that to the plate. Afterwards just add eyes (either draw them
or use the googly eyes) and a smile.

Bubbles(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle)
Bubbles floating all around (pretend to catch bubbles)
Bubbles fat and bubbles round (make a big circle w/ arms)
Bubbles on my toes and nose
(point to toes; point to nose)
Blow a bubble. ..up it goes! (pretend to blow bubble; point up)
Bubbles floating all around. (pretend to catch bubbles) Bub. . .bles
fall. . .ing to...the...ground. (sing slowly & sink to ground)

Balloon Match
To make the game, draw or trace a picture of a clown holding a bunch of
balloons on 8 x 12 poster board. Draw the balloons by tracing around a
plastic milk cap. Youll need to save caps in several colors. With markers,
color the clown and each balloon to match your collection of milk caps. To
make the board longer lasting, use Contac paper.

Activity B
Explore "backwards". Try a backwards day. What can you wear backwards? You
can wear a hat, shirt, or pants backward. What else can be worn backwards?
Can shoes be worn backwards? What are some reasons we don't spend our lives
walking backwards? What would life be like if we had to walk backward?

"B" Activities
Blues Clues Day
Make dog prints with blue ink.
Blue Ink Rubber Stamps
Make any kind of a print with rubber stamps and blue ink.

"B" Smells
Materials:
Lots of paper bags
Lots of "B" word smells - bananas, bread, blueberry muffin, brownies,
broccoli, bacon, bubble bath soap
Directions:
Put the "B" items in each bag and have the children guess what is in the
bag.

Blue Bubbles
Materials:
Throwaway cup
Equal amounts of liquid dish soap and water
Blue food coloring or blue paint
Straw (cut small slit in it to prevent sucking up into the mouth but
allowing
bubbles to come out the bottom)
Directions:
Mix up bubble solution in each cup. Add blue food coloring. Blow bubbles
into cup until almost overflowing. Take white paper and lay in the bubbles.
When they pop on the paper, it leaves pretty blue circles.

Banana Pudding

Set up supplies to let each kid make their own banana pudding with layered
bananas/vanilla wafers/vanilla pudding.

"B" Collage
Draw a large "B" and then let kids glue beads or other "B" things on it.

Blue/"B" Collage
Draw a large "B" and then let kids glue blue things on it.

Butter
Ingredients:
1 pint whipping cream
Salt
Baby food jar for each child
Directions:
Put cream in container. Shake forever until thick like butter. Drain any
excess liquid and add salt to flavor. Serve on banana bread.

"B" Foods
Bacon
Bagels
Baked Beans
Banana Bread
Barbecue
Beans
Bean Sprouts
Beets
Berries
Black Eyed Peas
Bran Muffins
Bread Sticks
Broth
Brownies
Brown Sugar
Brussel Sprouts
Butterscotch
Buttermilk
Beef
Bell Peppers
Biscuits
Bologna
Brazil Nuts

B: bouncing balls - give children lots of opportunities with many sizes of
balls.
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A little poem to help reinforce how to print lowercase b.

Lowercase b
By Mrs. Alphabet

First make the long bat (l)
Then the round ball (o)
Bat, ball, and baseball.
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*balls, bubbles, bears, bananas, beads, beans, beets, bees, buttons, brads
*I introduce each letter by pulling out my Letter ___ Bag (gallon size ziplock
bag containing things that begin with that letter). The B Bag could contain:
buttons, belt, beans, brads, a beet, beads, a bottle of bubbles, a banana
(plastic one wouldn't have to be replaced), a stuffed bear, miniature ball,
bag, bandana, barrette, bell, bone, bottle, basket, badge, book, balloon
*read Bubble Bubble by Mercer Mayer
*blow bubbles
*have students draw ____# of bubbles
*practice writing Bb
*color and decorate a ball
*count beans into cups labeled with numbers
*eat bananas
*draw and color a banana
*count beans onto a workmat containing a grid labeled with the numbers that
you're working on
*read The Three Bears and play matching game of capital and lowercase letters
using bear cutouts
*label bear cutouts with numbers and have students sequence them
*give students a beehive labeled with a number and have them glue the
appropriate number of bees onto the hive
*have students draw beehives with ___# of bees
*make a matcing game with bees labeled with #s and hives containing black
dots. The students match the correct bee to the correct hive
*use bear counters
*read The Bear's Bike by Emilie Warren McLeod
*make a B poster by placing a large Bb on poster board: have students glue on
things that begin with a B using precut pictures/things or pictures they've
found in magazines (beans, balloons, beads, Band Aid, buttons, boxes, brads,
branches, bread, brown bags, bows)
*students make large Bb using beans; glue onto construction paper; masters can
be used also so that students just have to glue the beans onto the lines
*have a box containing things that begin with /b/ and things that do not. As
you remove the things from the box, have students identify them. Them allow
students the opportunity to choose one thing each that begins with the /b/ and
place it back into the box. Those things that do not begin with B do not go
into the box. You may have the students identify what sound that they begin
with also. (some things that could be used that were not listed for the B Bag
are : basketball, baseball, barbeque sauce, bowl, backpack, boot, battery
*students walk, jump, step backwards
*work on location word: behind, below
*students lay on floor and sizzle like bacon
*students bounce up and down
*students fly like butterflies
*Pretend to:
~bounce a ball
~button and unbutton your shirt
~build with blocks
~blow bubbles
~blow up a balloon
~eat a biscuit
~brush your teeth
*make a birthday graph
*draw, color, decorate a birthday cake with the correct number of candles for
their age
*butterfly pictures: have students draw a background of hills, flowers, sun,
clouds, etc. then add butterflies made from pretzels. each student is given
4 curly pretzels to create 2 butterflies on their paper. demonstrate how to
place the two "flatter" sides of the two pretzels together, forming the wings
of the butterfly. the students decide where they want their butterflies on
their picture; glue on the pretzels, then use a crayon or marker to add the
antenaes
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EAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY (The Magic School Bus site hyperlink)
*make butterflies from two coffee filters and a pipecleaner. have students
decorate two coffee filters with washable markers. spray them with water
using a mister. the marker will bleed all over the filter. after the filters
are dry, gather each filter down the middle. place the two filters together
and bind them with the pipe cleaner. use the rest of the pipe cleaner to form
the body and the antenaes of the butterfly. adjust wings.

Cindy/SPED K-2
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*Make butter. Put some heavy cream in a baby food jar and SHAKE!

Melanie
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Welcome to AntBoy's Butterfly Page!
http://www.heatersworld.com/bugworld/buttrfly.html

Children's Butterfly Site
http://www.mesc.nbs.gov/Butterfly.html

Butterfly Photos
butterfly
http://www.mgfx.com/butterfly/gallery/index.htm

Butterflies on the Internet.
http://butterflywebsite.com/resource/index.htm
olored picture's to print out

Brenda (Brenderlee@aol.com)
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Children's Butterfly Site Butterfly and Moth Li
http://www.mesc.usgs.gov/butterfly-life-cycle.html
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BUG IN A JUG
Curious fly,
Vinegar jug,
Slippery edge,
Pickled bug.

Craft: Butterflies in a cocoon.
We made cocoons out of toliet tissue rolls. The children wrapped brown
yarn around them. We left a long string to use as a hanger.
Butterflies were made out of 2 coffee filters. Gather like a fan, pinch
in the middle and use a pipecleaner to form body and antenae. Have the
children decorate with markers. Then spray with water. The colors will
run. When dry place inside the cocoon. Kids loved doing this project and
they came out great. Not an original idea.

Here is a song sung to the tune of "twinkle twinkle little
star."
Butterfly, Butterfly,
Fly Away,
You were a caterpillar yesterday
Butterfly, Butterfly
You never stay,
always flying to a new day.

We make a "poster" depicting the lifecycle of a butterfly, using colored
pasta. I don't remember the names of the pasta but you can find a tiny
round one to represent the egg, a long thin one for the caterpillar,
shell macaroni for the chrysalis, and bowtie for the burtterfly. I color
each kind with a squirt bottle of food coloring plus 1/3 rubbing
alcohol--each kind a different color.

Stacie in Ct.
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At circle time, I give each child a "half" of a butterfly that matches only
one other child's (you could color these from a pattern and cut in half, or
use wallpaper samples), and we turn on the classical music. The children "fly"
around, and when the music stops, they have to find the other half of their
butterfly.
For a math activity, using a butterfly bulletin board border, cut out the
individual butterflies and laminate, then have the children form patterns with
them.
Submitted by Karen of the KOS Loop
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.Buttons...sorting them by size, color and then letting the children decide on
how to sor them..Example..by number of holes, shapes, fancy or plain.
Making butter using heavy whipping cream and putting this into a tight fitting
plastic small jar. Place a marble in with the whipping cream and shake until
you hardly hear the marble. This means the butter is ready.
Teach color words black, brown and blue.

Cathy

? at the beginning of the week have the kids make a caterpillar from an egg
carton...then they roll it up in a cocoon(construction paper...)then we hung
them around the room...we read stories all week about
caterpillars/butterflies....then at the end of the week the children opened
the cocoons.... (you had taped or glued tissue paper wings to them)......and
out came a butterfly!!!!...it was great!!!

? make a paint blot on folded edge of paper, the unfold
? gather a coffee filter into a butterfly shape with a twist tie, the
filter can first be dipped and dyed in food coloring or dye
? footprints or handprints make good butterflies

? BAGGIE BUTTERFLIES Fill the snack size ziplock bags with scraps of tissue
paper and celophane and then gather them in the middle with a half of a
chenille stem. Twish and bend the stem into antennae.
? CUPCAKE LINER BUTTERFLIES Flatten out cupcake liners and color with
markers or crayons many different colors. Pinch liners in the center and
wrap with pipe cleaners using the left over to make antenae.
? CRAYON BUTTERFLY SUN CATCHER Using vegetable peeler shave crayons into
small thin pieces. Place a sheet of wax paper onto newspaper and sprinkly
with crayon bits. Place another sheet of wax paper on top and press with a
warm iron for a few seconds. Cut into butterfly shape and hang in a window.
? COFFEE FILTER BUTTERFLY Take a cone shaped coffee filter and cut it apart.
Have the children watercolor each side. Paint a clothespin black and then
attach the two wings with it. Then add a pipecleaner tied around the
clothespin for the antennae.
? STAINED GLASS BUTTERFLIES Precut a butterfly shape out of construction
paper. After cutting out the shape, cut out holes in various spots in the
butterfly shape. The children can glue squares of colored tissue paper over
the holes. Glue sticks work well for this...have children glue around hole
and place tissue on top of glue. Trim around edge of butterfly if any tissue
paper is overhanging.
? TISSUE PAPER BUTTERFLIES Cut butterfly shapes from white construction
paper. Set out assorted colors of 1-inch tissue paper squares, small
containers of water and paintbrushes. Have the children paint the butterfly
shapes with water and place the tissue paper squares randonly on the shapes.
Have them count to ten, then remove the wet tissue paper to view their
colorful creations.
? CLOTHESPIN BUTTERFLIES Cut various colors of tissue paper into 12-inch
squares. Set out slot-type clothespins, colored pipe cleaners and assorted
felt-tip markers. Have the children pinch their tissue squares together in
the middle and then insert the tissue into the slots of their clothespins to
make wings. Have them wind pipe cleaners around the heads of their
clothespins, leaving two small ends sticking up to form antennae. Let the
children use felt-tip markers to color on eyes and to draw designs on the
clothespin bodies of their butterflies.
? INK BLOT BUTTERFLIES Spread newspapers on a table. Set out tempera paints
in individual containers with an eyedropper in each. Let the children use
the eyedroppers to drop paint onto pieces of drawing paper and help them
fold the papers in half. Have the children press and smooth their papers,
then unfold them to reveal the designs they have made. When the paint has
dried, cut the papers into butterfly shapes.
? LITTLE BUTTERFLY (sung to I'm A Little Teapot) I'm a little butterfly I
have wings I fly around And see all things. When I see a flower That looks
great I call out To all of my mates.
? THE BUTTERFLY I spin and spin my chrysalis (or cocoon) circle middle
finger on opposite palm Then go to rest inside close hand around finger When
I come out open fingers slowly I've changed indeed... Look! I'm a butterfly!
fly fingers away
? I'M A BUTTERFLY (sung to: Skip to My Lou) I'm a butterfly, come fly with
me I'm a butterfly, come fly with me I'm a butterfly, come fly with me Come
fly with me, my darling A butterfly, come drink nectar with me A butterfly,
come drink nectar with me A butterfly, come drink nectar with me Drink
nectar with me, my darling. A butterfly, now sleep like me A butterfly, now
sleep like me A butterfly, now sleep like me Come sleep like me, my darling.
? BUTTERFLIES IN FLIGHT Butterflies in flight, Are such a lovely sight. They
dart about...1, 2, Way up high into the wild blue. Their colors are so
lovely and bright, in orange, yellow, green and white. Butterflies in
flight, Are beautiful both day and night.
? Didn't want you to forget to include a list of books with your butterfly
ideas. We can't forget Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
? order a Butterfly Garden. By the way, I found out that they can be ordered
through Discount School Supplies at a lower price than the Insect Lore
Catalogs.
? Use a folded coffee filter, dampen or spritz with water and squirt food
coloring onto filter. After colors have run and blended open filter to dry.
While drying, distribute wooden clothes pins for students to decorate. Then
have students clasp filter with clothes pin (great for fine motor practice)
and fan out the filter to give it symmetrical butterfly effect. Finally use
black or brown ( or any color you desire!) pipe cleaners...have children
attach to clothes pin for antenni.
? Have you ever used coffee filters and eyedroppers? Fill muffin tins with
water and food coloring. Let the children use the eyedropped to pick up the
colored water. ( great for small motor skills ) Have children release the
eyedropper on the filter. Blott...let dry...and then gather all of the
filter up into a regular clothes pin. Make eyes and pipe clearn atennas and
there you go...you have your butterfly. Another fun way....use blob art. Let
the children paint a blob...on construction paper. Fold...un unfold. Looks
like a butterfly already...cut and let children do the rest. (eyes and etc)
Have fun....making butterfly nets is one of my favorties...and going on a
butterfly hunt. We cant always be sure that we can find any, so I make
paperbutterflies ahead and have a parent "plant" them in our trees. The kids
squeal with excitment when they find them,

Sandy
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From: KAMBOS2

Glue beans to make a mosaic Bb

Berenstain Bears B Book

Goldilocks and the Three Bears......add stuffed bears to as many centers as
possible. Replace dolls in the kitchen area with bears. Put mini-bears in
the dollhouse. Put realistic plastic bears in the sand box. Put any kind of
bears in the block corner.

Other favorite bear books......Corduroy, Paddington, The Bear that Heard
Crying, Blueberries for Sal, Where's my Teddy

Butterflies- Lamb and the Butterfly- Eric Carle
Make monarch butterrflies in a black construction paper frame with orange
tissue.
or Coffee filter butterflies....use markers to make tie dye type colors...clip
with a clothespin
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*more books to tie in:
A Bath for a Beagle ~ Thomas Crawford
A Bug, a Bear, and a Boy Fly a Kite ~ David McPhail
A Bug, a Bear, and a Boy Go For a Ride ~ David McPhail
A Bug, a Bear, and a Boy Go to School ~ David McPhail
A Bug, a Bear, and a Boy Paint a Picture ~ David McPhail
Bats ~ Elizabeth Warren
Bear Shadow ~ Frank Asch
Bear's Bargain ~ Frank Asch
Bedtime for Boots ~ Kid Books Inc.
Bugs Bunny and His Sunburned Ears ~ Gina Ingoglia
The Biggest Bear ~ Lynd Ward
The Birthday Present ~ Mavis Smith

Cindy/SPED K-2
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In my class we made a class book called "Baby, Baby, Who could you be?"
It is taken from the popular story "Brown Bear, Brown Bear Who do you
see?". I had the parents each bring a picture of there child now and one
of them as a baby. I photo copied the pictures and then put the baby
picture on one side of the page and wrote "Baby, baby, who could you
be?". Then I turned the page over and put the picture of them now and
wrote "I am (child's name), that's me!". The children really liked it
and I even included a picture of me. They loved to guess who the picture
was before they turned the page. I teach 4 and 5 year olds and even my
youngest 4's could "read" this book.
I hope you like this idea. Lee Ann
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Not original, just from my collection. Va.
Band-Aid Game:
Students make designer band-aids and when finished, we practice putting
band-aids on different body parts with the game "Simon Says".

Bird-Watching:
Make binoculars for birdwatching with two toilet paper rolls and tape.
Students decorate their own binoculars and attach a piece of yarn for
neckpiece.

Bubbles:
I mix 1/2 c. Dawn liquid detergent with 1 qt. of water. Stir slowly. Add
glycerine to make bubble hold shape longer. I buy it from my druggist for
little or nothing, and we brainstorm about what makes the best bubble
blowers. I have a very large hoop I purchased from Toys R Us, and it
fascinates my kids. I saw a post on teachers.net that said to try doing
bubbles in the winter as the bubble will freeze and bounce. There was also
a post about hooking a line to a hula hoop, standing student in plastic
swimming pool with bubble solution, and slowly pulling the hoop up over
child's head to experience being inside a bubble!

We also have a bubble gum blowing contest!

Buttons & Beads:
We use buttons for counting and graphing in math and string beads for motor
control.

Baby Pictures:
I have a baby bottle book that students take home and fill out with the
help of their parents. Book is then returned to school to be placed on our
School-Home Connection Bulletin Board.

Balancing:
Now's a good time to practice walking on a balance beam and bouncing a
ball. We also play balloon "bolleyball" by keeping balloons aloft with
only our breath!!!

Bears:
Students bring teddy bears to school for an entire week and we get into
some "unbearable" situations with our furry friends.

Bugs:
We make big, beautiful, brown, blue, and black bugs for an art project.

Birds:
We make bird feeders for our schoolyard birds with pinecones, suet, and
birdseed.

Body:
Children sing the "Hokey Pokey" and we add lots of the more difficult parts
of the body, i.e. heels, waist, ankles, etc.

Books:
Sponsor a book day and everyone brings their favorite book to class. We
read Blueberries for Sal, Curious George Plays Baseball, The Wheels on the
Bus, The Runaway Bunny, The Three Bears, and more!!!!!