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Friends and Feelings Theme

We’ve spent around 2 weeks on our latest theme, ‘Friends and Feelings’. We had a lot of fun!

First, here is our book list. There are a ton of books out there on these two subjects. We had no problem getting quite the stack!

For language and literacy activities, I tried something that I’ve seen everywhere – the salt tray. I demonstrated an S in the salt first and then Curly gave it a whirl. She was much more interested in simply creating patterns, which is all good to me.  I then saved the salt in a baggie to use for next time. I feel weird using food in activities at times!

She's a little obsessed with making handprints.

She’s a little obsessed with making hand prints.


We also spent time with her ABC puzzles. This week I also picked up a few Kumon workbooks for the pre-writing activities in them. I can’t believe how well they went over – I actually have to put them up where she can’t reach them or she would do the whole book in one sitting! Her favorites are My Book of Easy Mazes and My First Book Of Tracing.

Look at that milk mustache/beard. Oops :)

Look at that milk mustache/beard. Oops 🙂

I also had her trace over letters I wrote on a whiteboard.


For science we did a color mixing experiment. We used our new science set (another thing I have to keep hidden). We have done color mixing before with paint, but using a big eyedropper to mix different colors of water was still very exciting for her. The set comes with all these pieces:

The goggles are way too big for her but it certainly makes for some good mad scientist pictures! 🙂

For music and movement we sang and danced to If You’re Happy and You Know It (over and over and over). Curly also mastered I’m a Little Teapot this week. That is one we had to throw in – tea party is one of her very favorite pretend games.


For math we focused on sequencing and patterns, using pattern blocks and her logic workbook. It was immediately apparent she didn’t get the concept at all – we will give it some time and revisit it another week.

For art we did a few things. She drew pictures of her friends on a whiteboard, and then I labeled them. I was happy with the people she chose to think of as her friends – it included people from a huge range of ages. Here is one of her drawings:


I also had her try free painting what the feeling of happiness would look like. Here is the result:

And we finger-painted, too.

It started out as finger-painting, but eventually her aversion to sticky fingers kicked in and she used a spoon instead.

It started out as finger-painting, but eventually her aversion to sticky fingers kicked in and she used a spoon instead.


She made some new friends this week too while we visited some family – I foresee so much driving in my future for sleepovers. I’m really beginning to sympathize with my parents!

Your comments make my day! What are your favorite activities for this theme?

Tea I’m Drinking Today: Bai Mu Dan White Tea from Verdant Tea




Books About Friends and Feelings

We’ve been spending the last week and a half on the theme ‘Friends and Feelings’. Here is our book list!


Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis is a good one to cover all the feelings one can feel. It’s a good starting point for a week about feelings!
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst is a classic about the day we all sometimes experience. Some days are just plain bad and all we can do is go to bed and make sure the next day is better.
If You’re Happy and You Know It! by Jane Cabrera is one that is making it onto our favorites list. This book has most of the popular sing along song in it and a few extra special lyrics thrown in. I don’t think I know a kid who wouldn’t join in on the fun in this one!

Walter Was Worried by Laura Vaccaro Seeger has very interesting illustrations. Each page has someone expressing a different feeling, and the expression on their face literally spells out the feeling. Take a close look at the book above – the mouth is a D, there’s a W by his eye, his eyes are an O and an E, his nose is an I, and his eyebrows are R’s. Kinda fun!

Okay, I thought I had a cautious child but her fears pale in comparison to neurotic Scaredy Squirrel’s! Perhaps that is the point of this book – to help children see that even they, no matter how many insecurities they may have, can be brave like Scaredy Squirrel. This book by Melanie Watt is a fun read.
The always terrified and super prepared Scaredy Squirrel wants to make a friend, but friends are scary!! He comes up with a safe plan to make friends with the least scary friend he can find (a goldfish) but ends up making friends with someone he didn’t expect. A good story that shows it’s good not to prejudge someone – they may end up becoming your best friend.

The Mine-O-Saur by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is one we’ve read many times. Mine-O-Saur is constantly taking the other dino’s toys and snacks. No one will be his friend. He does make up with them by the end. This is a good one to illustrate how friends are supposed to share with each other.


My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann is a story about two friends, Mouse and Rabbit. Mouse is showing Rabbit his new toy, and accident prone Rabbit creates such a mess that Mouse has to save him from some very angry animals! A cute story. This one is a Caldecott winner.

Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle is a mostly wordless book about a mouse looking for a friend. Eric Carle’s books have really grown on me. This one is captivating just like all his other books.

Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger has three short stories about the two friends. This book is a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner.

I have stated before how much I love Mo Willem’s stories about the two friends Elephant and Piggie. Really, pretty much all of their books would be appropriate for a ‘Friends’ week, but I picked out these two. The first, Can I Play Too? is a good one to illustrate how even if someone looks different, to give them a chance. The second, I Love My New Toy! explores the feelings one has when a favorite toy gets broken. Friends are still better than any favorite toy!


There were a few more books that were on my list but that were either already out at the library or were unavailable. They are:
The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! by Mo Willems
Words Are Not for Hurting by Elizabeth Verdick
Feelings by Aliki
The New Friend by Holly Hobbie
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

Happy reading!