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Story Time: Because of an Acorn (Activities and Printables)

Story Time: Because of an Acorn - Crafts and activities for the picture book

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.

Story Time: Because of an Acorn - Crafts and activities for the picture book

Because of an Acorn Activities

Language

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!

Free Punctuation Practice Printable for Story Time: Because of an Acorn - Crafts and activities for the picture book

 

Science

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.

Free Tree Nature Study Printable for Story Time: Because of an Acorn - Crafts and activities for the picture book

Craft

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

Because of an Acorn foam and watercolor art for Story Time: Because of an Acorn

What you need:

Because of an Acorn foam and watercolor art for Story Time: Because of an Acorn

What you do:

Because of an Acorn foam and watercolor art for Story Time: Because of an Acorn

  • Start out by dry brushing a light green hill across your paper about 1/3 of the way up

Because of an Acorn foam and watercolor art for Story Time: Because of an Acorn

  • Using the hill as a guide, use short, dry strokes to create the tall grasses behind the acorn in both greens

Because of an Acorn foam and watercolor art for Story Time: Because of an Acorn

  • Continue using the same strokes to fill in the hill with grass, adding brown to darken the right side where the acorn will be

Because of an Acorn foam and watercolor art for Story Time: Because of an Acorn

  • 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

Because of an Acorn foam and watercolor art for Story Time: Because of an Acorn

 

  • Use your template to cut the acorn nut from light brown foam, the cap from dark brown foam, and the leaves from green foam

Because of an Acorn foam and watercolor art for Story Time: Because of an Acorn

  • Once paint is dry, glue the nut of the acorn to the hill, letting some of it stick up above the hill”s horizon

Because of an Acorn foam and watercolor art for Story Time: Because of an Acorn

  • Glue the cap in place, overlapping the nut just a bit

Because of an Acorn foam and watercolor art for Story Time: Because of an Acorn

  • Glue the smaller leaf to the bottom of the acorn’s stem and the larger leaf to the top

Because of an Acorn foam and watercolor art for Story Time: Because of an Acorn

  • If you want, use the markers to add veins to the leaves and crosshatching to the acorn cap

Food

Because peanut butter tops my food pyramid…

Peanut Butter Acorn Cookies

Peanut Butter Acorn Cookies for Story Time: Because of an Acorn - Crafts and activities for the picture book

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.

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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6 Comments

  1. Such a great unit! Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Learn. Pinned.
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  2. Ooh, I needed some fresh science ideas! Thanks so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina

  3. Such a recommendation for the book and cute project to go along with it. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

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