Here is a breathing strategy that is easy to do and can be done whenever you need a little calm. It is called S.T.A.R. breathing.
T-take a deep breath
Repeat as least 3 times.
Grasshopper Size Comparison
Cut a 5 cm piece of a drinking straw. Collect several small items (some 5 cm, some shorter and some longer than 5 cm) from around the house. Explain to your child that the length of the straw is the same length as a grasshopper. Encourage your child to sort the small items into two groups, “grasshopper size” and “not grasshopper size”. As a further challenge, send your child on a hunt for other items that are the same size as a grasshopper.
Ask your child what they know about grasshoppers. Then have your child think about things they want to know about grasshoppers. For example: How do grasshoppers make sound? They rub their leg on their wings to produce sound. Check the link below to hear a grasshopper. Do grasshoppers have ears? Grasshoppers do not have ears on their heads, but on their abdomen under their wings. What do grasshoppers eat? Grasshoppers eat plants. Can grasshoppers fly? Yes. How far can a grasshopper jump? A grasshopper can jump between 10 to 20 times it’s length without the help of its wings.
Visit BrightPath Storytime on Facebook or Instagram to listen to Grasshopper Gus.
Encourage your child to pretend that a small bouncing ball is a grasshopper. You can add eyes on the ball if you like. Your child can make their “grasshopper” hop, and then catch or chase it.
Painting with Nature Paint Brushes
With your child gather twigs, long grass, small pine needle branches, etc. Place the natural items you gathered around one end of a twig. Secure with string. You may want to use the rubber band to hold the material in place while you wrap it with string (the rubber band alone will not hold well enough for painting). Tie the string tightly around the twig and plant material. The brush is now ready, use to paint a picture.
www.reallygoodstuff.com – This website contains a free student activity printable section. It includes educational posters, worksheets, reader’s theater selections and downloadable books.
https://ngexplorer.cengage.com/ngyoungexplorer/index.html – Visit this website to listen to and read along with past issues of the National Geographic Young Explorer magazine. The Scout version is for Kindergarten students and the Voyager version is for Grade 1 students.