On Monday, we started with ants since an ant is one of the most basic insects and it follows our body part rule. The kids made these adorable egg carton ants and were able to show the three body parts and 6 legs. The idea for these came from http://www.ducksnarow.com/2013/10/preschool-ant-craft.html. We put them together by cutting out 3 blocks of a cardboard egg carton and painting the black, brown, or red (this was a great way to expand upon having different color ants and wanting to stay away from red ants). We the added the legs by poking 3 pipe cleaners through the sides of the carton, making 6 legs. Finally, we added googly eyes.
The ants look adorable up on our bulletin boarding we got lots of compliments :)
The kids also practiced drawing or gluing an ant with 3 body parts and 6 legs.
On Tuesday, we talked about crickets and read the book, "The Quiet Cricket" by Eric Carle. The school librarian had a copy if the book that made chirping sounds when you turned the last page, and the kids absolutely loved it.
We then did the Cricket color sort from http://theeducatorsspinonit.blogspot.com/2012/05/virtual-book-club-very-quiet-cricket.html. This was a great activity because not only we the kids practicing their color sorting, but we were reinforcing the different body parts of the insect. The kids also loved adding the glitter to the antennae!!!!
On Wednesday we talked about spiders. The Letter People Curriculum had a great way to introduce spiders even though they aren't insects...we had Ms. I bring in her favorite insect, which was a spider [ beanie baby]. We then talked about whether a spider was an insect by counting its body parts and legs. When we saw that it had 2 body parts and 8 legs, we could see that was DIFFERENT than an insect, but we still had fun learning about them.
We did this Itsy Bitsy Spider poem and art sheet from http://theimaginationtree.com/2011/01/Nicky-wincy-spider-song-sheet.html. We did the kids hand prints the day before and let them dry. On Wednesday morning the kids added the rain by fingerprinting, then when it was dry the glued on the handprint spider with eyes, the sun, and the poem. I love how cute these turned out!!!!
On Thursday we talked about bumblebees, and the kids made these cute toilet paper roll bumblebees from http://www.easy-child-crafts.com/preschool-spring-crafts.html.
I prepared the rolls by painting them yellow, and the kids glued on the black stripes, the face, the wings, and the antennae. We read "The Very Busy Bee" that day.
Finally, on Friday, we did The Hungry Caterpillar. We read the book and watched the movie in the morning, and made Hungry Caterpillar Hats from http://lyndsxo-glamourmoms.blogspot.jp/2011/03/very-hungry-caterpillar-hats.html. The kids also did a hungry caterpillar cut and paste activity from http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/TheVeryHungryCaterpillar.html. In the afternoon, we decorated cupcakes with green icing, and when I added my special cupcake that I had decorated the night before, the kids were so excited to see that they had made Hungry Caterpillar Cupcakes (from http://www.instructables.com/id/Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-Cupcake-Cake/)!!!! We used cut up tootsie rolls for the feet, and starburst for the eyes and nose. We also added sprinkles to the top of the cupcake to make the hairs on his back.
Then, of course, the kids got to eat the cupcakes right before they went home for the weekend, and it was a great way to end the week!!!!