So, I wore cream top and cream colored skirt today because we weren't "really" painting. LOL I should have known better. I was splattered and smeared with paint by the time the morning was over. They really got into this project...one I've done variations of many times a year. They never tire of it! Here's some of them. My only limit was, "when the paint gone, it's gone." They didn't use it all up but most of it. So then I filled them back up for the next kiddo.
Here's a little song we've been singing. I had a couple copies of the booklet in my tub but they aren't all that clear and I wonder if they've been copied over and over. I was thinking I got it off of Dr. Jean's website but I didn't see it on there. So if anyone knows where I can find a little booklet that goes with this song, I'd love to have the original.
Tune: Up on the Housetop
First comes the butterfly who lays an egg.
Out comes a caterpillar with many legs.
Oh, see the caterpillar spin and spin.
A little chrysalis to sleep in.
Oh! Oh! Oh!
Look and see!
Oh! Oh! Oh!
Look and see!
Out of the chrysalis, my, oh my!
Out comes a beautiful butterfly!
Awhle ago I put out a request for scrap material and a couple people in the area supplied me with lovely material. We use it for various projects. This is a great fine motor/sensory activity we've done with the materials. I had cut rectangles and squares out of the material to provide a large variety of color, design and texture. Then they squish the material together in the center and added clothespins. K. wanted to put them up on the wall (she must have remembered from a couple years ago!) So she designed our butterfly wall art! We've two of them now.
Split Pin Butterfly
We did the caterpillar earlier in the week.
The butterfly takes a little more effort and time...especially for the 4 year old who is very conscious of how her cutting looks. It's exciting though to see my students become so capable with their cutting skills! This little guy didn't really know how to hold a pair of scissors correctly, and was at the snip/fringe cutting stage. Now? He cut the wings out all by himself with minimal help (getting started is the hardest) and reminders of how to hold the scissors. Daily scissors activities pay off, definitely!
Here's another simple visual discrimination activity.
Another one that's been around here for quite awhile. I put Trent up to the table this morning and he just looked at it like, what on earth?! So I picked one up and matched and then walked away to see what he'd do. He picked up another and moved it from one to another saying "uttfly" but the butterfly never landed. :-P A little young yet but sometimes he does things that surprise me and so I was just curious of what he would do. If it was just 3 butterflies he could probably have handled it but I think it was way to stimulating and, in turn, overwhelming for him. Back to preschool students: It's definitely beneficial to enourage them to describe the butterflies. If they are unable to describe the butterflies then ask them questions like "where are the butterflies with stripes?" This helps them notice and label patterns. Boost that vocabulary!