Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bugs!

I'm a bit behind on my blogging, but we did a really fun bug unit that I want to blog about so I will remember it.  :).

These are the activities that we did for the bugs unit.  Of course we don't always get to everything planned depending on how the day goes, but if I don't get to them one day I usually adapt them and do them later in that unit.

These are the spider sun catchers which turned out very cute.  You put clear pony beads and pipe cleaners in muffin tins then melt in the oven on 400 for 15 min.  Helpful hint, place pipe cleaners in pony beads so they are more stable and the bead melts around the pipe cleaner.  When you remove from oven put google eyes on before they are cool so it will melt and stick to the spider.



This is the spider web paper toss game we played with masking tape and crumpled newspaper.

On ant day we listened to the  Ants Go Marching song then we went outside with instruments and had our own Ants Go Marching parade while we sang the song.  :).  

I made bugs out of scrapbooking paper to put on the walls for the bug unit.  Each of the bugs are about 18 to 24 inches tall/wide.  They really added to the bug unit.
This is the ladybug counting activity I created using card stock, clear contact paper, and ladybug buttons I found at Walmart.

They all really liked the ladybugs.  I also used the ladybugs to sing the Ladybug Ladybug song by Frank Leto found on YouTube.  The song has a ladybug that lands on different body parts and the children take a button ladybug and have it land on the same parts of their body. 

Worms!  I got a carton of worms at the store for the kids to hold, feel, and examine.  I also bought rubber worms for the kids to paint with but I used two of the ones from the carton dipped them in paint and then let them wiggle around on the paper so that the kids could watch them paint.

These are the real worms.
This is the fishing game that we played the week after the bug unit was over, but I thought I would go ahead and post it with the worms because fishing and worms go hand in hand. I made the fish out of foam sheets and then wrote letters on them so that the children could fish for their own names.  I made an eye for the fish with a metal brad and I put a magnet on the end of the lines so that they could catch their own name fish.
Our second week of bugs unit activities.
Caterpillar day!
These are the caterpillars that we made by stringing pony beads onto pipe cleaners.  Great fine motor activity.
I made the letters of their names on circles, then had them put their name together in order to make a Caterpillar.  I did this during small group and for the younger kids just did it individually telling them the letters of their names and having them trace it with their finger.  The older kids I just let them put it together on their own and then took it apart and had them put it back together just for practice putting their names together.  We also compared the lengths of all the Caterpillar names.
Dragonfly day.
The are the really awesome dragonflies that you can make using helicopter seeds (maple tree seeds) and sticks of little piece of pipe cleaner and paint.  We glued them together using Elmers glue but they took a long time to dry so I would suggest gluing them with hot glue.  I also glued magnets onto the back of them so that they could be used as refrigerator magnets.  Some of them I hung above our table using fishing string.
Posing with dragonflies.
Butterfly day!
This is the butterfly patterning game that I made for the kids to use during small group/individual time.

I would set up one side and then let the kids create the same pattern on the other side of the butterfly

It was really good patterning work and great for them to pay attention to details.  It was easy to make it more simple for the younger kids and more complicated for the older kids

Bonus pictures!  One day it was raining outside just a little drizzle and so we had a rainy day walk.  this was was extremely fun!
It was so cute watching them leak with their umbrellas.
Second group of bonus pictures! woo hoo!  This is our garden it is getting huge!
Yay! watch our garden grow !
Last bonus picture. I have an eight week meal rotation and in order to make shopping for each week easier on myself, I went ahead and wrote out my menu and recipes for each week along with the shopping list of everything that I would need for that weeks' meals.  Then when it's time to go shopping I just go to my pantry, cross out what I have, and then take the list to the store.  The menu with the recipes and the shopping list are laminated so I can use them week after week after week.  This saves me a lot of time!!

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