06/08/20

Week of 6/8/20
 

Hi Bunny Friends,  👋 🐰 👫


Your Bunny Teachers are sending you more big Hugs!!  🤗
Adrienne, Linda, Jean, Mary, Sara and Sandy have some exciting
BUG activities that we hope you enjoy trying this week. 

Now that Spring has finally arrived, you can feel the warm sun ☀️ and gentle when you are enjoying outside fun.  With this season change you will see the BUGS waking up from their long winter's rest and starting to get busy. If you look closely, you can see them crawling,  🐜 🐛 spinning webs,🕷 flying 🐝 🦋 and even hiding 🌳.  

Here are some activities to help you discover more about BUGS and how important they are for the environment. 🌎 

ENJOY!
SENSORY/FINE MOTOR

Coffee Ground Playdough

Ingredients: 
2 cups flour 1 cup salt 1/2 cup dark Coffee Grounds 1&1/2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
2 cups water 1 Tablespoon oil
  
 Directions: 1.Add the flour, salt, coffee grounds, Cream of Tartar, water, and oil in a large saucepan.  2.Place the saucepan on the stove over medium heat, stirring continuously until a stiff ball of dough forms (2-3 minutes)  .3 Remove the warm dough from the saucepan and place it on your working space. Knead for 1-2 minutes.  4.Enjoy using this soft playdough with all kinds of fun items like toy insects, snakes, animals, leaves, flowers, etc. in celebration of the Earth and all dirt lovers!*Keep in an airtight plastic bag or container for up to 3 months.

STEM

Watch a video about insects   Insect Visitors Insects

Do your own insect visitor science experiment. 

Cut four flower shapes out of different colored paper. Cut a center hole in each flower  big enough to put a cotton ball soaked in sugar water you have made by mixing 1/4 cup water with 4 tablespoons of sugar. Place a cotton ball in the center of each of your flowers. Now place the flowers on the ground where you can observe them without disturbing the insect visitors. Watch patiently to see which color attracts the most bees, beatles, butterflies and ants.


Caterpillar Race

You will need paper, scissors, marker or crayon and a straw per person. Cut out rectangles about 1.5 wide  by 8 inches long. Accordian fold the strips. After you have the folds , hold them together and cut off the corners so the caterpillar is rounded. The child can draw a face on one end of the caterpillar. Choose a floor space to race the caterpillars. Mark off a starting and finish line. Have the child explore how to blow through the straw onto the caterpillar to make it move. Try blowing from the top and from the side. Which is better? Explain and demonstrate. Race the caterpillars.


Go dig in the dirt and see what you can find! Earthworms? Grubs? Crickets? Spiders?
What other insects or bugs do you see?


EXTENSIONS

Are you near water- if so, you may also find some reptiles and amphibians.

Here are some reptiles (turtle,snake) and amphibians (toad, frog) that were in my yard: 

A baby painted turtle,   two small toads,  a gray tree frog,  and a snake!

FINE MOTOR/ART

-Make colorful butterflies out of coffee filters by decorating filters with markers, crayons,etc. Fan fold coffee filter, pinch center and wrap pipe cleaner around and use excess pipe cleaner to form antennas. Glue a small magnet to hang on the refrigerator and hold artwork.

-Butterfly Footprint-

-Have someone trace your feet while standing with your feet together.  Draw on antenna and have a grownup help cut out “butterfly “ shape. Color.


GROSS MOTOR

 Insect Movement Dice game: Insect Movement Dice Game This is a fun indoor/outdoor game for the whole family to enjoy.
Just print out the attached, and tape into the shape of a dice. 
Roll the dice and whichever side faces up is the animal your child can mimic
Set a distance between two spots (“Can you fly like a bee from the kitchen table to the front door?), or set a number (“Can you jump like a grasshopper 5 times?”)

LITERACY

-The Very Quiet Cricket  by Eric Carle. Click on the following link The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle read by Adrienne

FINE MOTOR/ART

-Link to printables- butterfly coloring page (can be made into a hat), as well as a cut/paste 4 Stages of Butterfly life cycle

For more Caterpillar Ideas—please click here!

-If you have ink pads, kids can use their fingertips to make bugs, otherwise any drawing utensil will work.  What bugs have you caught in your jar?! Don’t forget to add eyes and legs too! Link below to print out a mason jar coloring sheet:

Mason Jar coloring sheet

-Find a long piece of yarn or string. If you have glue, drizzle some on a piece of paper (otherwise use tape at the end). Have your child make a web for a spider by laying out the yarn on top of the paper. If you have a picture of a web from a book or online, use that as a model. 

GROSS MOTOR

-With your child, roll them up in a blanket, or “cocoon”. Have your child slowly wriggle out and pretend to become a big- winged butterfly! 





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