Looking for a perfect book that celebrates spring and Earth Day and Arbor Day and all the things?
Yeah yeah, Because of an Acorn by Lola M. Schaefer is totally that book. With sparse language and lovely illustrations, this book explores how important each part of an ecosystem is, starting with the acorn from which a tree can grow. Because of the tree a bird can nest and spread seeds and the seeds become flowers. In turn, the flowers become fruit that entice chipmunks to feed a snake. The snakes become prey to a hawk which guards the tree until another acorn falls and a new tree is born. Eventually there is a forest.
The back of this book also has more detailed explanations of white oak trees, acorns, ecosystems and food chains, and even what kids can do to help support the environment. My crush is vast.
Because of an Acorn Activities
We haven’t gotten down and dirty with some grammar in a while, so this printable lets your littles practice punctuation with sentences all about trees!
Because of an Acorn gives you a perfect place from which to study trees in depth. So get outside in the glorious spring weather and do a tree study. Need a little help? I’ve created a 39-page Free Tree Nature Study just for you, my lovely readers. Because I love ya.
You know how much I love recreating the art from a picture book as a fun project for littles, and Oh My. This was so much fun to create. I love combining mediums to end up with a beautiful project.
Because of an Acorn Foam and Watercolor Art
What you need:
- 1 sheet watercolor paper
- Foam sheets in dark brown, light brown, and green
- Watercolors in dark green, light green, brown, and blue
- Various sizes paintbrushes
- Lit Mama’s Because of an Acorn Template
- Craft or school glue
- Green and brown markers (optional)
What you do:
- Start out by dry brushing a light green hill across your paper about 1/3 of the way up
- Using the hill as a guide, use short, dry strokes to create the tall grasses behind the acorn in both greens
- Continue using the same strokes to fill in the hill with grass, adding brown to darken the right side where the acorn will be
- Paint in your sky with a larger and wetter blush and blue paint
- Warn your littles to be careful how much water they use–the more water, the longer it will take to dry
- Set aside to dry
- Use your template to cut the acorn nut from light brown foam, the cap from dark brown foam, and the leaves from green foam
- Once paint is dry, glue the nut of the acorn to the hill, letting some of it stick up above the hill”s horizon
- Glue the cap in place, overlapping the nut just a bit
- Glue the smaller leaf to the bottom of the acorn’s stem and the larger leaf to the top
- If you want, use the markers to add veins to the leaves and crosshatching to the acorn cap
Because peanut butter tops my food pyramid…
Peanut Butter Acorn Cookies
What you need:
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup butter (or margarine), softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Chocolate sprinkles
What you do:
- Heat oven to 375F
- In a large bowl cream peanut butter, butter, and sugars until light and fluffy
- Add egg and mix well
- Stir in flour and baking powder
- For each cookie, shape a 2 inch ball of dough and flatten into an acorn shape
- Pinch top of acorn to create stem
- Sprinkle chocolate on stem, then a row along the top for cap
- Bake 5-10 minutes until edges are just beginning to brown and chocolate has started to melt
- Let stand 2 mintes
- Remove to wire rack to cool completely
Oh. Yeah. Spring is glorious.