Muddy Pigs

Happy cows come from Wisconsin (not California 😉 ) and living in the Dairy State, we are truly enjoying National Dairy Month! Dairy products contain essential nutrients such as calcium and potassium. On any given Saturday in June, somewhere in Wisconsin, you will find a dairy breakfast on a farm. These breakfasts include delicious foods such as eggs, pancakes, sausages, and of course your dairy products – milk, yogurt, and ice cream! Most also have fun activities for the kids such as interactive learning stations or the Agriculture Olympics. If you ever have the chance, check out one of these breakfasts and support your local farmers 🙂 You can find the locations of the upcoming breakfasts here – http://www.dairydaysofsummer.com/farmbreakfast-home.html#!/all

To help celebrate National Dairy Month, we have been learning about the farm at school! Today, I will share a simple farm animal art project with you. Then, stay tuned later this week for some fun dairy related cooking activities!

Before we started this project, we read a book about pigs. We learned that baby pigs are called piglets and that pigs like to roll around in the mud to keep them cool. This cute little piggy craft helps the kiddos learn about color mixing. Yesterday, we used red and white paint and our favorite paintbrush – our hands – to mix together the paint. As the colors mixed, I asked the kiddos what color they were making. Once the painting was dry, I cut out a pig shape. If you have older kiddos, they could even do the cutting themselves! Today, the kiddos spread brown paint on their paper, then glued their pig down. I put some brown paint on their hands and they spread it around the bottom part of their pig. Last, we made two little muddy handprints on their pig 🙂

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Teddy Bear Picnic

“If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise!

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain,
Because today’s the day the
Teddy Bears have their picnic.”

-Anne Murray

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Having a teddy bear picnic is one of my favorite activities during my picnic theme. The kiddos get to bring their favorite teddy bear (or other stuffed animal) to school, we set out a big blanket inside and we make a classroom trail mix!

A week before our picnic, I sent out an email asking parents to bring in their child’s favorite trail mix ingredient. We got quite a few M & M’s and chocolate chips – not that this chocoholic is complaining 😉 We also mixed in some goldfish, craisins, popcorn, graham bunnies, a few different cereals, and some fun star shaped marshmallows. I added a few gummy bears to the mix as well.

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After we made the trail mix, we sat on our blanket with our bears and I read this version of Teddy Bear Picnic: 20160527_112030.jpg

After I read the story, the kiddos got their bowl of trail mix and started eating with their teddies. The version of the book I read also came with a CD, so as we enjoyed our snack, we listened to the song.

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Ever year, I find it very interesting to watch the kiddos eat their trail mix. Some pick out all their favorite things first, some save their favorites for last, and some just eat whatever they find in their hand from their bowl. I’m in the “save the best for last” crowd. How do you eat you trail mix? 🙂