Monday, February 25, 2013

Booking Across the USA: California

We are exciting to be a part of "Booking Across the USA", which is a collaborative blogging project hosted by Jodie at Growing Book by Book.  Over 50 bloggers have come together to choose a picture book that represents their state, and have put together a craft or activity to go along with the books.


Living in California, we chose a phenomenal picture book that blended both factual narrative and an adventure of  California's Redwood forests.  Jason Chin's Redwoods follows a young boy as he learns about the redwood forests. As he reads, the information unfolds, and his imagination travels him all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy. The information was probably a bit too much for my 4 year old to understand, however my son, who is a first grader, loved this book.  


Some interesting facts that we learned from this book:

"The coast redwoods are among the oldest trees in the world. Their ancestors lived about 165 million years ago, during the Jurassic period."

"They are the tallest living things on the planet. Redwoods regularly grow to be more than 200 feet tall."

"If you see a ring of redwoods in the forest, they probably sprouted from the same stump."

"It takes a long time for water to travel all the way from the roots to the top of a redwood, and the fog helps the trees by preventing them from losing moisture to evaporation."


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To make your very own Redwood forest, here are some supplies you will need...

Supplies:
-Paper towel tubes (quantity depends on how many trees you want)
-Paint (brown and black)
-Foam paint brushes
-Green craft paper (12x12")
-Twigs (optional)
-Tissue paper (green)
-Scissors
-Large cardboard box
-White glue/glue gun

Directions:
We first used a brown acrylic craft paint to paint our tree trunks brown, using a foam paint brush to apply the paint.


We then cut out a side from a cardboard box and painted it brown also.  The size will depend on how big you want your redwood forest to be.


While we were waiting for the paint to dry, we made the tops of the trees, simply by using a 12x12 piece of green scrapbook paper.


First we folded that paper in half and then drew a straight line from one corner of the paper to the other end.


And then we cut along the line, making a large triangle.


We then cut two slits across from one another on one end of the paper towel tube.



And then inserted the tree top into the two slits.


My son had the idea of puncturing holes in the side of the paper towel tube so we could insert twigs to make some tree branches (he used a tiny screw driver to make the holes).  Please also note in the photo below that we cut multiple slits at the bottom of the tube and folded them out for easier gluing onto our cardboard box.


We collected some thin twigs from our tree outside and inserted them into the holes.


Next my son took a small sponge brush and painted a little roadway for the cars to travel on, because there are some Redwood trees in Northern CA that are drive-thru trees.


Next we used white glue to glue green tissue paper around the road, to create the effect of the plants growing around the trees.


And lastly we glued our trees on our cardboard with a glue gun  (it dries faster and holds better).



My kids had a great time playing with our Redwood forest that we created.


My daughter had a box of tiny worry dolls, which were perfect size little people to show off the grandness of of our forest, so she used them in her pretend play.


My son also had the perfect toy cars called micro charger cars, which were the perfect size to go through our drive-thru trees.


Some dolls got out of their car to view the trees.


Hopefully, one of these days, we'll take a road trip up to Northern California so we can experience the tallest living thing on the planet ourselves.



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If you are looking for more fun crafts representing a different state, please check out the list of blogs below.


Alabama: Everyday Sanpshots Alaska: Little Wonders’ Days Arizona: Simply Kinder Arkansas: Homeschooling in Arkansas California: Juggling with Kids and The Outlaw Mom Colorado: Learners in Bloom and Living Montessori Now Connecticut: The Teacher Park Delaware: Mama Miss Florida: Teaching Stars Georgia: Fabulously First Hawaii: Teaching With Style Idaho: True Aim Education Illinois: Growing Book by Book Indiana: Teach Preschool Iowa: Surviving a Teacher's Salary Kansas: KCEdventures Kentucky: Chicken Babies Louisiana: New Orleans Moms Blog Maine: Maine Adventure Mom and Country Fun Child Care Maryland: Picture Books and Piourettes Massachusetts: Mama Smiles Michigan: Play DrMom Minnesota: The Wise Owl Factory Mississippi: Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk Missouri- Ready. Set. Read! Montana: The Honey Bunch Nebraska: The Good Long Road Nevada: Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts New Hampshire: Elementary Matters New Jersey: The Pleasantest Thing New Mexico: Enchanted Homeschooling Mom New York: What Do We Do All Day North Carolina: Realistic Teacher Blog North Dakota: ND HealthWorks Ohio: Smart Chick Teacher’s Blog Oklahoma: Herding Kats in Kindergarten Oregon: Journey of a Substitute Teacher Pennsylvania: Land of Once Upon a Time Rhode Island: Smiling in Second Grade South Carolina: Cookies and Kiddos and JDaniel4’s Mom South Dakota: The Wise Owl Factory Tennessee: No Monkey Business Texas: Curls and a Smile and Kid World Citizen Utah: Teach Beside Me Vermont: Burlington Vt Moms Blog Virgina: Once Upon a Story, and The Freckled Homeschooler Washington: Home Learning Journey and Boy Mama Teacher Mama West Virginia: This Week @ Great Peace Academy and Mamas Like Me Wisconsin: Reading Confetti Wyoming: No Twiddle Twaddle USA: The Corner on Character