- change [cheynj] verb
- to become different
- to move from one position, place, etc., to another
- change [cheynj] noun
- the act, process, or result of changing
- something that is different from what is usual or expected
CHANGE is all around us.
Have you ever thought about all the things that look and feel different when the seasons change? Do ever you wonder why you keep having to buy bigger shoes and clothes, or cut your fingernails? Have you ever moved to a new house or city?
Can you imagine being able one day to pump your legs hard enough to swing yourself, or even being old enough to drive a car? Is there anything you can do to make your neighborhood prettier? Does helping other people make you feel different inside?
Whether it is tadpoles turning to frogs, or summer turning to fall; whether it is making new friends or learning to love new foods, redecorating your room in your new favorite color or watching a stem push up through the ground and open one day into a beautiful flower, change is all around us and within us. It’s something we can see and feel.
Does everything CHANGE?
And then again, as much as some things DO change — does everything? Are you stuck in your ways sometimes? What about fossils preserved for millions of years? Is a minute always the same length of time every time you have to wait? Or does a minute feel different when it’s waiting for a favorite buddy to come over or taking a turn on the swings?
Jumping in to CHANGE.
This theme of CHANGE for My Little Big Adventure, will run through September and October, so select a few books to read from the list and jump start your curiosity as the fun and learning begin.
CHANGE activities will introduce ways to explore the things in your world that change, and maybe a few that don’t. How does water turn to ice and then back to water again? If you walk around your block with friends once a week, what kind of changes could you document if you really stop to look closely at the things around you?
Bernheim Forest, one of the My Big Little Adventure partners, is hosting ColorFest in October to encourage families to dig into fall—and the mud and corn pits—for a full body exploration of change in our environment. Change is everywhere. Can you feel it and see it, and even smell it? Let’s find out!
Suggested Reading List
- Perfect Square by Michael Hall
- The Water Hole by Graeme Base
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
- Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman
- Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
- Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? By Susan Shea
- The Dot by Peter H Reynolds
- Dot by Patricia Intriago
- An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton
- Little Tree by Loren Long
- Du Iz Tak? By Carson Ellis
- Froodle by Antoinette Portis