05/18/20



Week of 5/18

 

Hi Armadillo Families,

This week we will begin exploring a new theme, “Bugs”. Hopefully the weather will improve and we will all be able to spend plenty of time outside, where we can find bugs in their natural environment. Below are some activities for you to try. We hope you find them helpful and fun!

Be Well, Shayna, Peggy, Linda and Carol


ACTIVITIES:

Literacy:

Caterpillar name:  Trace circles on paper. Color and put one letter of your name in each circle.  Make one for the head.  Cut out and glue on paper in correct order.  Draw antennae. 

Fine Motor:

Coffee filter butterflies:  Color coffee filter with markers.  Fold in half to make a semi circle.  Fold in half again to make a triangle.  Fill a cup with water. Carefully dip the triangle in water.  Take out and unfold.  Let it dry, which will happen quickly. When it’s dry, scrunch the middle and tie it with string or use a pipe cleaner to fasten.  Gently unfold the wings. 

Sensory:

Goop or oobleck: Mix corn starch, water and food coloring into a bowl, bin or shallow baking pan. Have more water and cornstarch on hand to encourage your child to measure, pour, and mix with hands. Notice the change in texture and sensation as the goop slips through your hands.

Gross Motor/Outdoor, Nature-based:

Take a walk outside and see what insects you notice or other elements of nature. Collect a small twig between 6-10 inches long to bring home to make a stick bug. Using a pipe cleaner, wrap it around the stick and then with paper, tape and makers, you can attach a face. 

STEM/building 

Use styrofoam packaging and toothpicks to construct insects


butterfly cycle

Ant

Ladybug


EXTENSIONS

Literacy: Use a paper towel or toilet paper tube to dip into paint, then stamp onto paper to make your caterpillar. 

Fine Motor:  Make a few butterflies.  When ready, get a branch outside and secure it upright.  Tie your butterflies on to make a butterfly tree.

Sensory: Add dark colored dry beans, small rocks or pebbles or beads to represent bugs.

Outdoor/Nature based: Please see the video for more information and fun facts about stick bugs.

STEM/Building: Use paper towel rolls, empty cereal or snack boxes and tape or blocks to create tunnels and raps for the insects to “crawl” on.



VIDEOS FROM THE CLASSROOM

A book reading by Peggy: The Grouchy Ladybug A book reading by Carol: Beetle Pop A fun activity with Carol: Making Coffee Filter Butterflies Making a stick bug with Shayna: Making a Stick Bug

VIDEOS FROM THE CLASSROOM

A book reading by Peggy: The Grouchy Ladybug
A book reading by Carol: Beetle Pop
A fun activity with Carol: Making Coffee Filter Butterflies
Making a stick but with Shayna: Making a Stick Bug
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