Monday, October 17, 2011

Henry the Castaway

On the spur of the moment, I decided we'd row Henry the Castaway last week.

Since last Monday was Columbus Day, we read this book and then continued with the explorer theme for the week.

There aren't really any printables I could find, so I made up a few things.

Jack's list of qualities an explorer should have

Though there isn't a specific place named in the story, we mapped the Orinoco River in Venezuela since that's where Henry imagines he is exploring.

We have also been using the activities from this book and Jack has really enjoyed them!

We made salt dough maps, too. This was our first attempt at salt dough and it was fun!

They painted their creations today.

Someone posted a link to cardboard boats on the FIAR boards and we tried building them on a smaller scale. This was harder than I thought it would be, so I ended up being the builder! We went to the park one day to float them in the creek.

They found a few spots where there was enough of a current for the boats to pick up some speed.

Since I had switched our plans at the last minute, we didn't have many go-alongs. This book is a good one for learning about water and rivers. There are also several other Henry books available!

We had a fun time with Henry!

1 comment:

Amanda in RI said...

Love that last pic of the kids. Sounds like you had a great time--you had some really creative ideas!