We explored in our sensory table. We added greenery, plastic bugs, and magnifying glasses.
A real bug was crawling on the outside of the tub and this little guy is trying to feed him a leaf.
Circle Time: Bug Books
We did something a little different this week and tried multiple books. Two would have been just right. 3 was one too many.
The first book was The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle. A cricket meets many kinds of insects in the story and tries to communicate. But each time he rubs his wings together, nothing happens, until he meets a girl cricket on the last page. Then the book makes a beautiful chirping sound. As we read the story, the children tried to make rub their wings together. It was very cute. They were fascinated with the chirping and tried to figure out how I was doing it. They finally concluded that I must be pushing a button. (which they were still convinced of even after I showed them how it really worked).
We read Bye-Bye Big Bad Bully Bug by Ed Emberley. This is a great book with clever writing and even better pictures. The kids loved when the tennis shoe came and got the mean bug and saved the little bugs. I liked that the Big Bad Bully Bug then flew away in his spaceship and wasn't actually killed by the tennis shoe.
The last book we pulled out was Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk. It is a great story which includes friendship lessons, counting, and insect identification. A lot packed into a very simple and sweet story.
We also sang The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Raffi's "There's A Spider on Your Head."
Art: Playdough Bugs
The children used playdough, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, beads, and toothpicks to design their own insects. It was so much fun to see what they each came up with!
Activity: Bug Hunt
We each brought a bug catcher and the kids enjoyed the rest of the morning searching for bugs and worms.
Activity: Bug Sorting
We sorted bugs by colors.
Snack: Strawberry Lady Bugs
Materials Needed: Grapes, Strawberries, mini chocolate chips, toothpick
Directions: Assemble to make a ladybug.