Monday, April 27, 2015

Down On The Farm - Books, Seed Experiment and More

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We had tons of fun with the Poppins Book Nook blog series last year and we will be continuing that fun all throughout 2015. This month's theme was, "Farms" Keep reading to learn more about the books we read, experiment we did and to grab your FREE science experiment journal page. There is also a giveaway at the end of the post! To check out all of our past Poppins Book Nook posts click here.

This months theme was farms and we read two different books. The first book we read is a classic, The Little Red Hen. This book is about Little Red Hen and her farm animal friends and teaches a valuable lesson about teamwork. It is one of my favorite folktales and fit nicely with the farm theme.

The second book read was In The Barn (Historic Communities). In the Barn shows how the barn was the center of activity on a busy settler farm. Types of barns, barn tools, barnyard animals, children's chores, the barn through the seasons, and more are covered in this fun book. 

More great books about farms you should check out include: The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales, Peek Inside The Farm,  and 1001 Things To Spot On The Farm.

Picture of 1001 Things to Spot on the Farm Sticker Book

We did a fun experiment this month to go along with our farm books. Since Spring is here and we learned about different types of crops we thought watching seeds germinate would be a fun experiment. We planted corn seeds and beans in ours, but you could do other seed types. 

  • Large plastic cup
  • Paper towel folded about 10 inches x 10 inches (thick brown paper towel works best)
  • Seeds
  • Water
  • Soil
  1. Fold the paper towel in half to make it thicker (it should be about 5 inches x 10 inches). Place the paper towel inside the cup so that it is circling the inside, 
  2. Fill the cup on the inside of the paper towel with soil.
  3. Add 3/4 cup of tap water to the container and wait 5 minutes for the water to saturate the paper towel.
  4. Add seeds in between the plastic cup and paper towel, about 1 inch below the edge of the paper. 
  5. Sit back and watch the seeds grow.
  6. When the top edge of the paper becomes dry add more water.
Have fun and experiment with different types of seeds. Observe the roots, stems, leaves, etc as the plant grows.

YouTube Video About Corn:

Free Journal Pages:
Here is the Science Experiment journal page that goes along great with the seed experiment. Download your copy here or click the picture below.

Free Farm Lapbook:
Head over to Enchanted Homeschooling Mom to grab a Free Farm Lapbook!

Poppins Book Nook Farms Activity Pack

Here is a list of the wonderful bloggers participating in the Poppins Book Nook be sure to visit them for more fun ideas:

Down on the Farm Bundle Giveaway!
Swing your partner round and round and come on down to the farm this month with the Poppins Book Nook! Every month this group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Down on the Farm Bundle. The winner will enjoy two fun farm themed learning items. The two items that they will win is the Farming storybook by author Gail Gibbons and Safari Ltd Farm Babies TOOB. Let the farm themed learning fun begin! 

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Momwho is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the PromoSimple terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here

Just enter the PromoSimple below to win:

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