This all-green summer scene in the latest That’s Silly! (on pages 18–19 of the June 2018 High Five magazine) is just brimming with all sorts of fun. Invite your little digger to find the lollipop tree, a silly squirrel, a rabbit collecting carrots, five tiny green dragons, and more. Then share the activities here.
1. Warm up with numbers
Ask your child, how many . . .
- People are in the picture?
- Flying creatures do you see?
- Yellow flowers can you find?
- Kids are in the park?
- How about adults?
- Garden supplies are being used or are lying on the ground?
2. Help your preschool child’s vocabulary grow
Have your eagle-eyed child look around this garden and see if she can spot the five objects listed below. Then take turns describing them. Discuss how we use them or what they do.
- A wheelbarrow
- A watering can
- A jockey on a horse
- A sunflower
- A smokestack
3. Work science into your summer
- Plant veggies and/or flowers together.
- Borrow, pick up, or dust off a few adult-size gardening tools.
- Your first-time gardener can dig as much as he wants (and plant later) with no longer-needed forks, spoons, and cups.
- Together, search garden-store or online resources for veggies and flowers that grow well in your area. Factor in how much terrain you can set aside.
- Consider planting strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, cucumber, and snap peas on your patio, porch, or backyard farm. Let your child help you dig, plant the seeds, and, of course, watch the crops grow.
- Be sure to wear gloves to protect your hands, and sunscreen to protect your skin.
4. Talk the talk
Surely this month’s That’s Silly! scene is one of the craziest gardens your child will ever lay her eyes on. Have a ball making up silly and serious interactive stories. Use the characters to get you started. Ask your child:
- Who will be moving into the castles the two children are building? A pretend king? A queen? A princess? A regular person?
- Will the residents have horses? Kittens and puppies? Farm animals?
- What do the royals (or the ordinary people) plan to do all day?
Or try this story starter:
- The firefighter is watering plants for the lady wearing the hat. Why is he there? Did he get distracted, or lost, on the way to a fire? Did he just stop by to help?
- Is the lady happy—or surprised—to see him? How can you tell?
5. Get lost in a craft
- Exercise your artistic talents and draw giant vegetables and flowers on construction paper. Cut them out. Label each one. Before you know it, you will have a colorful array of carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, green beans, and red and green peppers that you don’t even have to water.
- Use an easel, finger paints, and finger-paint paper to create more giant flowers. Make fences at the bottom of your picture with masking tape.