We have started this school year with a mini unit on horses to go along with the traditional theme of apples. On the shelf we have had a wooden stable, fence, horses, farmer, and fruit trees to gently introduce them. The children have been enjoying setting up the scene and playing with the items for the past couple of weeks and today I was happy to be able to add a new work to the shelf...a horse's lunchbox.
I was introduced to these materials called Naturalist in a Box during my training and fell in love. I think their idea is simply brilliant and would love each one of their products. In the future I would love to support this company but for now I will be inspired by them.
In the red bucket there is a wool felt mat (made from a sweater), a Schleich horse, three apples, two carrots, a sack of hay, a bucket, and a few laminated cards with horse facts on them. The facts I included are as follows: 1. Horses are herbivores. They eat mostly grains, hay, oats, and corn. They love treats like apples, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables. 2. Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up. 3. Horses have larger eyes than any other land mammal. 4. Horses can drink up to 10 gallons of water a day. 5. Adult male: stallion, Young male: colt, Adult female:mare, Young female: filly
I am working on a game to learn the parts of a horse that will be on the shelf by the end of the week and tomorrow I will introduce measuring by "hands" to our older students in the afternoon. My plan is to share both of these activities with you too!