Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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Starting around the end of March through the end of April, the wildflowers are in full bloom in Texas.  We like to take this time to pack a picnic lunch and head to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, TX for a visit and we always have a wonderful day. This is a great time for nature notebooking.  And don’t forget your field guides and field packs!  Here are some great books to read and fun activities to do while out exploring wildflowers, especially in the hill country of Texas during Spring!

READ ALOUD: Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America by Kathi Appelt

ACTIVITY: Here is an activity pack Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers Activity Kit by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to go with the book Miss Lady Bird’s Wildflowers: How a First Lady Changed America.

WEBSITE: www.wildflower.org

WEBSITE: www.kidsgardening.com

READ ALOUD: Miss Rumphius

READ ALOUD: Bloomin’ Tales: Seven Favorite Wildflower Legends by Cherie Foster Colburn

READ ALOUD: The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie dePaola

The Bluebonnet Girl by Michael Lind

POEM: This is a nice poem about the Legend of the Bluebonnet.

The Legend of the Bluebonnet

The Texas fields are covered
With a blanket of deep blue.
But for a little Indian girl,
This would not be true.

Texas land was buried and dry.
Rains just would not come.
Indians danced and prayed for rain,
And beat upon their drums.

The Chief made a proclamation.
He appealed to one and all.
A prized possession must be sacrificed
Before the rains would fall.

The Indian camp was silent,
While each person searched his heart.
But when it came to sacrifice,
With possessions they would not part.

Suddenly a little girl stepped forth,
Holding her blue-clad doll.
She placed it in the roaring fire
and raindrops began to fall.

The rain brought forth the grass,
Among its blades, flowers of blue.
To be a sign for all the time
Of a love so pure and true.

– Author Unknown

MUSIC: I have always loved this song to go along with the Legend of the Bluebonnet.  Click the lyrics to link to the song…

Bluebonnet, bluebonnet
With your coat so blue
Your bright eyes are shining
Through the silvery dew
I know you’re a dolly
Offered for the rain
I know you’ll return again
To Texas in the spring.

ACTIVITY: Literature Comparison
Compare the many versions of the legend of the bluebonnet.

ART: Fingerprint Bluebonnets

READ ALOUD: The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola

READ ALOUD: Wildflower ABC: An Alphabet of Potato Prints by Diana Pomeroy

ART: Make our own wildflower potato prints.

ART: Favorite Wildflowers Coloring Book by Dover

ART: Designs for Coloring: Wildflowers by Ruth Heller

ART: Peterson Field Guide Coloring Books: Wildflowers by Peterson Field Guides

GAME: Bingo Wildflower

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Jennifer Hale and Marty Hale

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