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BLAST Early Learning


Little Pea
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal;
illustrated by Jen Corace
Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his
parents will not let him have his spinach
dessert until he cleans his plate.
Bee-bim Bop!
by Linda Sue Park; illustrated by Ho Baek Lee
A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation, and table setting.


Open-ended Questions for Little Pea

  • Do you think that this story really happened? Why or why not?
  • What is your favorite food? What food do you not like at all?

Literacy/Math Activity :

Pizza Shop
(taken from

Down around the corner in the pizza shop
There were lots of pieces of pizza with pepperoni on top
Along came (child's name) all alone
He (or She) bought one that had (# of pepperonis) pepperoni
And took it home

*Note: Do this with pieces of pizza on a felt board. When the child comes up, he can remove a piece of pizza with the specified number of pepperoni with each verse.


Song and Rhyme :

Apples and Bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas (repeat)
Repeat each lines changing all the vowels to the long A sound, then repeat with the E, I, O, and U vowel sounds.

Sizzling Popcorn:
(taken from
You put the oil in the pot and get it real hot
(act like you are touching something hot)
You put the popcorn in and get a big grin
(put hand to face in grin)
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle
(move hands back and forth)
Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, POP! (jump)


Vocabulary Word:

pal: n. friend
“[Little Pea] liked hanging out with his pea pals.”
(taken from Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Jen Corace)



Vegetable Sorting
Buy an assortment of fresh
vegetables and let the children sort them by color, size, texture, etc..

Ice Cream Cone Flannel Board Rhyme
Make felt ice cream cones. Place them on the board as you say the rhyme.

Five little ice cream cones
so good to eat
The first one said,
“I'm a summer time treat.”
The second one said,
“It's such a hot day.”
The third one said,
“I'm melting away.”
The fourth one said,
“Don't lose your top.”
The fifth one said,
“Oh dear, ker-plop!”
(Place the last cone upside down.)

Bread Art (
What you need: butter, food
coloring, bread, sugar (optional)
What You Do: Put butter into a few small dishes. Add different colors of food coloring to the butter. Let your children spread the butter on the bread to create a colorful creation. Finally toast the bread in a toaster oven or conventional oven (not a toaster) (sprinkle some sugar to make it even more yummy!) and let your children have an edible treat.

Use empty chocolate wrappers to create a collage. You could use Easter eggs wrappers as well as everyday chocolate bars. Makes a very shiny picture.

Sprout tops:
Place a non-treated white or sweet potato or carrot top into
water and see if it will grow into a plant. Carrot will sprout “hair.”

Chocolate-Scented Play Dough
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup salt
1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup boiling water

Mix the dry ingredients.
Add the oil and boiling water.
Stir quickly, mixing well.
When cool, mix with your hands.
Store in an airtight container



Me Hungry by Jeremy Tankard
A little prehistoric boy decides to hunt for his own food and makes a new friend in the process.
I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
by Lauren Child
A fussy eater decides to sample the carrots after her brother convinces her that they are really orange
twiglets from Jupiter.
Food for Thought
by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
Presents fruits and vegetables carved into shapes to teach colors, numbers, letters, shapes, and opposites.
Little Hoot
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Jen Corace
Little Hoot wants to go to bed early, like all of his friends do, and he is
hopping mad when Mama and Papa Owl insist that he stay up late and play.