Canned Goods: Stuffed Bunny Science Read-Aloud – The Toy and the Twister

by STEM Read staff

During social distancing and school closures, STEM Read is releasing Canned Goods: non-perishable e-learning activities teachers can drop into lessons and parents can use to keep kids engaged. Look for the Canned Goods posts to find quick, fun, stemtastic activities that adhere to state standards. As always, you can find more ideas in our other posts and full lesson plans and videos on our Book and Educator pages.

Looking to combine STEM and stories while you’re learning from home? Author and STEM Read director Gillian King-Cargile is releasing Read Aloud videos of all of the Stuffed Bunny Science books. The first book is The Toy and the Twister.

In The Toy and the Twister, a fluff-brained bunny named Bear gets left outside during a storm. The only thing that can save him is science . . . and a sassy doll named Sadie Scientist. Together, the toys get sucked into a tornado. Sadie helps Bear understand extreme weather and storm safety, but when they begin to fall, Bear has to think quickly to save his new friend. This fun, fast-paced adventure will entertain young readers while introducing them to weather and climate concepts aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.

After you listen to the book, you can check out related games and activities here, which include an interactive game about weather, a coloring sheet, educator idea sparks and mini-lessons, and related videos on the art and science behind the book.

If your little learners are curious about wind and weather, you can print out the coloring sheet and use it to make a windsock kids can hang outside to make observations about wind speed and direction.

  1. Print the coloring sheet.
  2. Color the sheet to make it beautiful.
  3. Bend the coloring sheet horizontally so that the sheet forms a cylinder.
  4. Tape the edges together to hold your cylinder shape in place.
  5. At the top of the cylinder, use yarn or string to make a hanger.
  6. At the bottom of the cylinder, tape yarn, streamers, or strips of thin paper that will catch the wind.
  7. Hang your windsock outside and see what happens!

From all of us at STEM Read: keep reading and remember to be scientastic!