Thursday, May 28, 2009

Once Upon a Book ~ Farm Crops...FARM week 4


Farm Cropsby Jennifer Blizin Gillis
Summary: Introduces young readers to farm crops.

Cornmeal Dough

This dough is grainybut so neat feeling! I will be making it again my 2 girls (8 and 3 years old) love it, they even asked if i could make other colors! It will air dry to a hard finish so besure the lid is on. If it air dries youcan paint it to make look like a concrete finish. This play dough doesn’t require cooking at any stage.

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup salt
  • 1 cup water

To Make:

  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together.
  • Add enough water to make a dough, with no dry pockets.
  • Shape and then allow finished projects to air dry before painting.
  • Store any leftover dough in an air tight container.

The Seed Cycle
Tune: Farmer in the dell

  1. The farmer sows his seed....heigh ho the derry o, the farmer sows his seed (seeds curl up)
  2. The wind begins to blow... (winds fun and wave)
  3. The rain begins to fall... (rain hang fingers like raindrops)
  4. The sun begins to shine... (Suns walk slow, arms in circle over head)
  5. The seeds begin to grow... (seeds rise)
  6. The farmer cuts his grain... (as with scythe, seeds/grain fall)
  7. The farmer binds his sheaves... (farmer touches three at a time, they stand back to back)
  8. And now the harvest's in... (all skip around sheaves, hands joined)

Crop Seed Transfer:


  • Any type of beans, corn kernals or a mixture
  • 2 bowls or cups
  • Tweezers
  • Tray or shallow box

To Do:

  • Place the crop peeds in one bowl
  • lace both bowls on the tray or shallow box with tweezers
  • Show your LO how to transfer the corn kernals one by one
**for younger one or ones who aren't ready for tweezers, use a spoon**

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