Blue Whale Blues by Peter Carnavas
Blue Whale Blues is a silly story about finding joy in the everyday things. Whale has got the blues and his buddy, Penguin, is trying to help him out- any way he can. It’s great for having a good laugh together and at the same time, a good starter for discussing perseverance.
After reading the story, I set up a sensory bin for Bodhi and Zane. If you haven’t made a sensory bin before, it’s very easy and they’re great tactile experiences and wonderful tools for learning about the senses and how our world works. Just grab a container, large enough to contain all the play, and fill it up with interesting materials- anything from rice and shaving cream to dirt with worms. Our Blue Whale Blues bin included blue water beads (affiliate link), a whale (affiliate link), turtle, octopus and a small strainer for scooping. Whenever I set up sensory bins, I just set it up as an invitation to play and let the boys lead. They have never had a problem coming up with a ton of ideas. The whale swam through the beads, they scooped the beads into another bowl, they launched some across our yard (I let them experiment with that for a short time), and we played hide the turtle for quite a long time. On day two of the sensory bin, the trucks came out- as they always do- to carry the beads.
We finished our play with a big bowl of blueberries. Just add some Muddy Waters and you’ve got a perfect Blue Whale Blues afternoon.