We are exciting to be a part of “Booking Across the USA”, which is a collaborative blogging project hosted by Jodie at Growing Book by Book. Over 50 bloggers have come together to choose a picture book that represents their state, and have put together a craft or activity to go along with the books.
Living in California, we chose a phenomenal picture book that blended both factual narrative and an adventure of California’s Redwood forests. Jason Chin’s Redwoods follows a young boy as he learns about the redwood forests. As he reads, the information unfolds, and his imagination travels him all the way to California to climb into the Redwood canopy. The information was probably a bit too much for my 4 year old to understand, however my son, who is a first grader, loved this book.
Some interesting facts that we learned from this book:
- Paper towel tubes (quantity depends on how many trees you want)
- Paint (brown and black)
- Foam paint brushes
- Green craft paper (12×12″)
- Twigs (optional)
- Tissue paper (green)
- Large cardboard box
- White glue/glue gun
And lastly we glued our trees on our cardboard with a glue gun (it dries faster and holds better).
My kids had a great time playing with our Redwood forest that we created.
My son also had the perfect toy cars called micro charger cars, which were the perfect size to go through our drive-thru trees.
Hopefully, one of these days, we’ll take a road trip up to Northern California so we can experience the tallest living thing on the planet ourselves.
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If you are looking for more fun crafts representing a different state, please check out the list of blogs below.
Arizona: Simply Kinder
Arkansas: Homeschooling in Arkansas
Connecticut: The Teacher Park
Delaware: Mama Miss
Florida: Teaching Stars
Georgia: Fabulously First
Hawaii: Teaching With Style
Idaho: True Aim Education
Illinois: Growing Book by Book
Indiana: Teach Preschool
Kentucky: Chicken Babies
Louisiana: New Orleans Moms Blog
Maryland: Picture Books and Piourettes
Massachusetts: Mama Smiles
Michigan: Play DrMom
Minnesota: The Wise Owl Factory
Mississippi: Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk
Missouri- Ready. Set. Read!
Montana: The Honey Bunch
Nebraska: The Good Long Road
Nevada: Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
New Hampshire: Elementary Matters
New Jersey: The Pleasantest Thing
New Mexico: Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
New York: What Do We Do All Day
North Carolina: Realistic Teacher Blog
North Dakota: ND HealthWorks
Oklahoma: Herding Kats in Kindergarten
Oregon: Journey of a Substitute Teacher
Pennsylvania: Land of Once Upon a Time
Rhode Island: Smiling in Second Grade
South Dakota: The Wise Owl Factory
Tennessee: No Monkey Business
Utah: Teach Beside Me
Vermont: Burlington Vt Moms Blog
Wisconsin: Reading Confetti
Wyoming: No Twiddle Twaddle