For an overview of the Book Bundles and Parenting Packs early literacy kits, please visit the original post. The cost listed is the list price of each item, regardless of whether or not we got it on sale/discount. The activity sheets amount was calculated by cost of binder clip + lamination sheets.
- Backpack ($7.39) — 4Imprint
- Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch ($7.00) — Baker & Taylor
- Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins ($14.99) — Baker & Taylor
- Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood ($16.99) — Baker & Taylor
- Lakeshore Learning Storytelling Lapboard ($9.99) — Lakeshore Learning
- Wally the Weather Dog Felt Figures ($19.95) — Amazon
- Windsock ($8.99) — Amazon
- Vinyl Bags (2) ($5.98) — The Container Store
- Activity Sheets ($2.55) — created in-house
I wanted a very general weather book and again went with a Maisy book, Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book to cover all the weather. By doing this, I also was able to provide another book that I wouldn’t put in the general collection because of the pull tabs and pop-up aspects. Wow! Said the Owl besides being great fun also covers sunshine, rain, and rainbows which made it a great choice. And since I was including a wind activity, I decided that Like a Windy Day would round out the book collection in this Bundle.
One of the best activities for preschoolers about weather is choosing what kind of clothing is required for the weather. This helps them practice real-life skills and also is fun! So I chose a flannelboard and lapboard that included some science concepts (temperature), time concepts (yesterday, today, and tomorrow) and also had a fun dog to dress up.
The windsock was a “OH MY GOODNESS, PERFECT IDEA” moment. I was struggling with what else to include as a manipulative in this Bundle when it occurred that having a science experiment or observation item would be exactly what this Bundle needed. I wanted something that was easy to contain, didn’t require any extras for the family to provide, and didn’t have any replenishables for the library to manage. Observing a windsock is perfect! Families just need to go outside and hold it, or can hang it outside of their house/apartment.
It’s the middle of May and the Weather Book Bundle has gone out 12 times since launching at the end of November! I mildly regret not including anything related to snow since we are an Illinois library but…it was so complicated to try and figure out!