05/12/20

 


 05/11/20

HI Giraffes!  This week for our Spring theme, we are thinking about Bugs and Insects. Below you will find activities you can try, just like we do in the Giraffe classroom.  Remember, you can do these activities as many times as you like. Have Fun!

Literacy/Language Arts:

“Parts of an Insect” Song to the tune “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”

Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen (touch your head, then chest, then stomach)

Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen (touch your head, then chest, then stomach)

6 Legs, some eyes and two antennae (touch your legs, your eyes, and point one finger from each hand  on top of head)

Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen (touch your head, then chest, then stomach)



Fine Motor/Art:

Journal Idea for the week: Choose a bug from the word list. Which one is your favorite? My favorite kind of bug is:____________, because,________.  Draw your favorite kind of bug.


Make a caterpillar. Dip bottle caps, pom poms, or cotton balls into paint and create a caterpillar. You can also use a clothes pin to grip the pom poms or cotton balls and dip them into the paint for a “less sensory experience. Use a marker or your finger dipped in paint to add the eyes, antennae, and the many little legs.


Sensory:

Marshmallow Playdough:  Mix about 6 large marshmallows, 3 or more tablespoons of cornstarch, food coloring if you have, and 2 teaspoons of coconut oil or other oils work too.  Combine ingredients, heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Be careful it’s very hot.  Keep stirring if too sticky add more cornstarch.  Wait to cool before you continue to knead with your hands. For more fun, make small batches of different colors.

Gross Motor/Yoga:

Move your body like these kind of bugs and insects:



STEM/Outdoors:

Visit Insect Lore to purchase your own butterfly farm, you can order the live larvae and hatchery. Watch the metamorphosis of a caterpillar turn into a butterfly.  They also sell ladybug farms. 

Look for different bug homes and nests. Which bugs do you think live there? Example: Ant hill, spider web, wasps,etc.


EXTENSIONS:

Curriculum-Literacy/Language Arts: Grab a stuffed animal. Sing the “Head, Thorax, Abdomen” song and point to where the head, thorax, and abdomen would be if the stuffed animal was a bug (head, chest, legs, etc.).


Curriculum- Fine Motor/Art Section: Is your bug an insect? How do you know? Answer the questions “does it have 6 legs? Does it have a head, thorax, and abdomen? Does it have antennae?”


Curriculum- Gross Motor and STEM/Outdoors: Choose your favorite bug. Think about where they live and make a pretend home out of things in the house. For example, you could use yarn, string, or shoe laces to make a spider web. Then act out your favorite bug.


Circle- What’s Missing? Game: Look for five different objects in nature (stick, rock, leaf, etc.). Put them in a line. Close your eyes and grab one of the objects. Put it behind your back. See if you can figure out what is missing. Turn around and see if you were right! Put the item back in the same spot and play again. You can also close your eyes and feel the object and see if you can figure it out by how it feels.


Small Group- Pattern Game: Make your own pattern with things around the house (buttons, silverware, clothes, etc.)

  VIDEOS FROM THE CLASSROOM
A book reading by Brianna: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Yoga with Jackie: Bug Yoga


FULL DAY ACTIVITIES

Stretch out a blanket or towel on the ground and watch the clouds go by. Use this time to meditate or use your imagination to talk about what shapes/things they see in the clouds. If you watch as the clouds change their shapes, some storytelling can also be done.

Using Legos, create a maze on a Lego base (the large flat squares or rectangles) for a marble or a little Lego guy to go through. You can also build a maze with Duplos or other types of blocks for little animals or vehicles to go through.

Create a hopscotch jumping sequence, you can use numbers or letters. You can make the boxes go in a straight line, zig-zag, or meander.

Click on the following link to view a fun packet of activities:
Full Day Activities Packet

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