Planting and Harvesting Wheat – Small World Play

No Little Red Hen unit would be complete without a section on wheat! In the story, the red hen not only plants wheat, but harvests it and later turns it into bread!
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This project involved your little one learning that wheat grows globally in bountiful supply.
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They learned that because it can be harvested in winter and spring, it is utilized abundantly.
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Using hens, stalks of wheat, seeds, and shovels, your little farmer harvested their own wheat…just like the little red hen!
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They learned that these crops require constant care and upkeep.
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Producing wheat is an intensive process, and your little one learned about the many technological advances that allow all of us to enjoy our bread, cereal, and pasta!
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They were introduced to the words “swather” (to cut and bind wheat) and “combine” (a process in which trucks cut and loosen wheat from its stem).
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By harvesting their own crops, your little one was able to apply their understanding of new vocabulary related to the Little Red Hen!
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