Although there is snow in our forecast, supposedly Spring has started, so this week I went with the theme of bugs and creepy crawlers. I added some early geometry centers into the mix. I also had a sensory center and an adorable (if I do say so myself) craft. However, first we started with our circle time…
I had several fiction and non-fiction books available for the kids and parents to read about bugs. We read “Ten Little Ladybugs” together. This book counts down from 10 ladybugs down to one and kids seem to really love it. I had another passport with some information and resources for parents.
We also sang and read the “Itsy-Bitsy Spider.” I had a giant spider puppet to use while singing it. I asked for volunteers to wear the puppet, but no takers, I wonder why 🙂
Now onto our centers…
I discovered this website: http://www.education.com. For free, you can download up to ten worksheets a month. If you pay more, you can download more. There are also a bunch of fun activities organized by grade level. I found this one with realistic pictures of insects where the kids need to count them and write the number at the end of each row.
I have been looking for these types of patterns online forever! I found them on http://www.prekinders.com. They are awesome! There are a ton of different patterns to choose from. I chose a caterpillar pattern for this week, but I picked up some other patterns to use in the future. The kids put the different shapes (in this case hexagons, triangles, diamonds) in the correct form to create a picture. I laminated it so it would last longer. I plan on using this at home as an activity that my kids can do independently.
I found this center here. It is designed as a file folder activity, however for my class, I used it differently. The kids placed the ladybug on the flower with the matching shapes. Again, I laminated and cut them out so they would last longer.
I found a really neat “Pretty Bug Pack” here. I used a couple of centers from it. This one has leaves numbered from 1-20 and little dragonfly. I only used 10-20, since we have done so many 1-10 activities already. The kids or parent hides the dragonfly under a leaf and other person needs to guess which number it is under. I laminated the pieces.
Where is the dragonfly?
This one is also from this site. Kids circle or color the beginning letter of each picture. There are a ton of great activities in this pack!
Here is another one, from here, where the kids name the different body parts of a caterpillar and colors them.
Our sensory center…
I had a box full of rice, rocks, feathers and scrap paper. There were also, of course, bugs (dollar store)! I had a magnifying glass (also dollar store) for the kids to investagate.
Our craft materials and an unpainted example for the kids to see…We created bugs out of egg cartons!
Materials Needed, per child:
- 1/4 of a cardboard egg carton (you can do more or less and make different looking bugs) holes punched on each side of each “egg”
- pipe cleaners for the legs
Creating their “bugs.” They came out really cute! We put our bugs on top of the fridge so they can peek down at us.
With bugs, there are so many fun things that you can do! I found so many! Here are a couple of other ideas to focus on insects that I may use in the future to dig deeper:
- the names of different insects
- the different body parts of different insects, example-some have wings
- where different insects live
- what they eat
We had a great time this week! I thought that some of the kids would be a bit grossed out, but nobody said anything! Enjoy!
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