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Kindergarten Activities For The Little Red Hen
Kindergarten Activities To Go Along With “The Little Red Hen”
27 Aug, 2016. 5 Comments. A Day In First Grade, Back to School, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Language. Posted By: Kristen Smith

This past Friday marked our 9th day of school and I am happy to say, we are having an absolute blast. This particular group of students is really loving anything that involves dramatic play and hands-on activities.

On Monday, one of my students brought in two bird nests that she had found and thus began this group’s first set of provocations.

Reggio-inspired bird nest provocations

I introduced my students to how they can look closely at the nests and document what they are observing.

Kindergarten students enjoying Reggio-inspired bird nest provocations Kindergarten students enjoying Reggio-inspired bird nest provocations

They completed some fantastic observational drawings! One child even wrote a sign that said, “NO BIRD POOP!”

Kindergarten students enjoying Reggio-inspired bird nest provocations

Another provocation that was set up was a play dough station so that students could create bird nests. This was also a frequently visited activity this week.

Reggio-inspired bird nest provocationsKindergarten student enjoying Reggio-inspired bird nest provocations Kindergarten student enjoying Reggio-inspired bird nest provocations

During literacy, I introduced my students to the story, “The Little Red Hen.” They LOVED this book and it was a GREAT way to introduce what characters are! Their favorite part was acting out the story.

The Little Red Hen

{To make the costumes, I used felt and sewed the pieces together. To turn them into “hats” I used knit elastic. Super cheap, easy, and beloved by my kindergarten students! I foresee making many more costumes this year!}

During exploration centers, my students had a blast acting out the story.

Kindergarten student acting out "The Little Red Hen" during centers

On Tuesday, I brought in my farina grain mill (affiliate link) and wrote the question, “Who will help the Little Red Hen?” on the board. All of my students were eager to help her out! They worked together to grind the wheat berries into flour.

Kindergarten students enjoy grinding wheat berries into flour to go along with "The Little Red Hen" Kindergarten student enjoy grinding wheat berries into flour to go along with "The Little Red Hen"

Each day we collected more and more flour and by Friday, we had enough to make bread. We carefully measured out the ingredients…

Baking bread to go along with the book, "The Little Red Hen"

…mixed them together,

 Kindergarten students make bread to go along with the book, "The Little Red Hen" Kindergarten students make bread to go along with the book, "The Little Red Hen"

…and enjoyed a delicious (well deserved) roll!

Kindergarten students make bread to go along with the book, "The Little Red Hen"

We followed this recipe to make the bread!


1 tablespoon sugar (I used brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon of yeast
2 cups of warm water
4 cups of flour

Mix ingredients together in a non-metal bowl (ceramic or plastic) with a wooden spoon (don’t use metal).
Add a loose fitting lid (optional, add oil to dough so it doesn’t dry out).

After it has doubled in size (2-4 hours), shape it into medium-sized balls using your hand that have been oiled with olive oil to keep the dough from sticking.

Bake for 12 minutes at 430 degrees on an oiled pan or in a pan lined with parchment paper.

It was such fun! Next week we will read “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” to explore the number three and continue our inquiry on birds!

Kindergarten Activities For The Little Red Hen

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  1. Your children are so lucky to have you as a teacher. I always enjoy reading about the different activities you do in your classroom. I modify many of them to work in my first-grade classroom. Thank you for taking the time to share!
    Julie

  2. Kristen, I love seeing your blog post come up on my bloglovin’ feed! Your kiddos are so fortunate to have you as their teacher. I miss seeing you! Hope you have a great year!

    • I miss you, too!! Thank you for your kind words– we need to plan a night when we can have dinner! I want to hear about your new job!!

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  • Your children are so lucky to have you as a teacher. I always enjoy reading about the different activities you do in your classroom. I modify many of them to work in my first-grade classroom. Thank you for taking the time to share!
    Julie

  • Kristen, I love seeing your blog post come up on my bloglovin’ feed! Your kiddos are so fortunate to have you as their teacher. I miss seeing you! Hope you have a great year!

    • I miss you, too!! Thank you for your kind words– we need to plan a night when we can have dinner! I want to hear about your new job!!

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