- Swimmy by Leo Lionni: A tale of working together to overcome a big problem, as in a much bigger fish in the ocean. The concept of fish being eaten by other fish was a little scary to ER.
- The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfisher: Rainbow Fish learns that sharing and having friends is better than being alone. The shimmery scales throughout continue to fascinate ER.
- Fish, DK Eyewitness Book: Quintessential nonfiction book full of photo illustrations, this one of my favorite series; an always reliable nonfiction resource. There is so much to look at on each page; it kept ER's attention for a long time. Fun to look through and read a few captions here and there at her age.
- One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss: Not really a fish book, regardless of the title but still fun and filled with the ridiculous rhymes and fanciful characters Dr. Seuss is known and loved for. This one was included because when I told ER we were going to do F is for Fish, she told me she had a fish book and went to get this one.
- Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert: A brighly colored counting book and a favorite board book check out from our library. It's always fun to imagine you're a fish!
While working on letter F, we created this cute fishbowl out of a paper plate. To make this simple craft: Cut plate as shown above. Paint the larger part blue for the water and the smaller portion the color of your choice. It represents the gravel at the bottom of the fishbowl and since this comes in many different colors, it's pretty much up to you. Glue together as shown, for a mess free method that eliminated the wait time for white glue to dry, we used Glue Dots. You could also staple, but this gives a prettier result, no metal staple showing☺
We added a few torn strips of green tissue paper to represent seaweed or other underwater plants (this time with white glue) and a few fish.We also ate one of my all time favorite alphabet themed snacks. I got it from my very first mentor teacher way back in junior year of college during my first school placement. It's easy to do and require no prep and only a few ingredients.
Fishing Snack Ingredients: one pretzel rod, scoop of peanut butter or spreadable cream cheese if nut allergies are a concern, handful of fish crackers, paper plate
(Note: Best with peanut butter, as opposed to cream cheese and get the flavor blast fish crackers if possible.)Take a rod and go fishing for your snack. Dip rod into peanut butter and get a small amount on the end. Use peanut butter on the end of your pretzel rod to "catch" a fish by pressing down on top of a fish cracker on your plate. Pick up and take a bite. Continue biting and catching until your pretzel rod fishing pole is gone. It's a delicious combination of salty sweet, plus it's always fun to play with your food☺
Disclaimer: The Glue Dots used in this project were provided to me for the TwitterMoms and Glue Dots blogging contest but is not my official Summer Bonding Project. While the Glue Dots used in this project were provided to me, I have and continue to use and purchase them myself.