Giants and Pilgrims’ “Abacus” is a creative home curriculum centered on a monthly theme. This month’s theme is GROW!
Read all about how to use this list and our heart behind this project here.
Below is our comprehensive activities list. Choose a couple to do with your kids to enrich the month or try to accomplish the whole list! What would you add? I would love to hear your ideas and plans for the month.
Dates in April to take note of/celebrate:
April 3rd = Good Friday
April 5th = Easter
April 15th = Tax Day
April 15th = Holocaust Remembrance Day
April 22 = Earth Day
April 24th = Arbor Day
Greeley Calendar (if you are local):
Baby Animal Days at Centennial Village
April 3-12, from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Admission: $2.50/person for ages 3+
City of Greeley Easter Egg Hunt at Lincoln Park
Saturday, April 4th, 10 am, Ages 0-12
Northern Colorado Children’s Festival, Saturday April 11th
Island Grove Event Center, 10am-3pm
Our List of “Grow” Activities:
Let the girls each pick out a seed packet of flowers to grow in their garden (last year we made them a small raised bed of their own.)
Plant all our garden seeds, clear out beds and planters, and tend them well.
Grow a baby pool full of water beads. We have played with these before and they are Oh so fun.
Sew a little garden quilt (Lucy has been begging me to teach her how to sew her own quilt.) We will make a very simple checkerboard one. Hopefully the perfect size for a picnic in the grass. Something like this: (although knowing Lucy it will be pink pink pink with a dash of purple).
Start a homemade braided rug – first involves making lots of scrap balls. I am going to use the directions from a Handmade Home by Amanda Soule. I’m thinking this will be a great way to manage my fabric scraps that have been building up. I will definitely sort by color in some way…
Make a paper Tree to put on our wall to decorate and add to.
Make our own artistic rendering of a Grow chart. There are all sorts of DIY for simple ruler ones on the internet, but I particularly like this one from Brooklyn Limestone.
And since I’m starting a science lab, what about using cultures to make my own cheese? Or maybe keep it simple and try this one
Learn more about the Human body – how hair grows, cell growth, etc.
Lucy has been loving Magic school bus (this episode about the body in particular)
Any other book recommendations for kids about the body?
Microwave Ivory Soap (if you haven’t tried this already, it’s fabulous and GROWS like crazy.) Then, what to do with it…. hmmmm…
Ravel’s Bolero (he takes one theme and grows it)
Our April Showers playlist
The Secret Garden Broadway Soundtrack
Learn about measuring and rulers
Visit the Greeley History Museum and learn about how towns grow
Dig for worms and learn about animal regeneration
Work on a new outdoor activity skill (Lucy riding without training wheels, Hattie pedaling, me running)
Visit a Garden center (in greeley, we love Eaton Gardens and Happy Life Gardens)
Pick wild asparagus – we went out last week and found some, but it wasn’t quite big enough. But it is there! If you aren’t in CO, what grows native in your area that you can forage for?
Peter Pan (never grow up)
Paint on terra cotta pots
Introduce the kids to plein air painting (maybe on a nature trail somewhere, or at a garden center?)