Well, not quite sure how the "One Last Bug Activity" post got reposted for yesterday...but I must have clicked something. :-) Oh well, live and learn. Yesterday's post was actually Bugs: Caterpillars.
The instruments were from Target's dollar section. They have some really neat things but really aren't made for a lot of use like they get in our program. We have higher quality rhythm instruments, made to last, but these themed ones definitely are enjoyed while they are here! The plastic tactile numbers are used in so many activities. I love them!
We also played Scatterpillar Scramble today. We use it as a one person activity during our kitchen time. They enjoy playing together also, but with the younger students, it works best to cut that competition piece right out. It also encourages them to sort by color. I encourage them to try to do it while it's wiggling but it's okay to stop it and work with it still also. When we first got it, I even had a hard time getting them all on when it was wiggling! By the time they are 4.5+ they are getting pretty good, depending on past fine motor skill exposure. Of course this game lets off a very contagious laugh at the beginning. Makes for a very light hearted morning, that's for sure!
Daily scissors: Children cut a leaf from construction paper and created a ...well, the suggestion was a caterpillar. :-) Side note: I decided against "doing" The Very Hungry Caterpillar this year since I've done it every year for the past 6. Taking a break...but it's an EXCELLENT book! Great for sequencing, counting sets, days of the week, healthy/unhealthy foods, caterpillar to butterfly cycles and so on. But it wouldn't be a caterpillar/butterfly week without at least reading Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Anyway, we brought that book back out to check out the leaves and how the caterpillar ate "right through". Then then they tried to punched the leaf with a hole punch to make it look like their caterpillar was eating right through it. It wasn't easy for them. One child ended up using scissors because the hole puncher wasn't working just the way he wanted. If you know of a brand of hole punches that actually work with preschoolers, I'd love to hear about them! They had a choice of fingerprints, buttons, foamies, or pom poms to create their caterpillars. One child had a really LONG caterpillar which went a few times around his leaf. :-) Another turned his buttons into a cocoon. Love that they know that "it's their work" and I respect that. Please encourage them to be creative and think on their own. If you put them in public school, unfortunately...especially around here...they aren't going to get much experience/tolerance for that freedom.
Well, better stop for now and gather materials for tomorrow...we will be moving more into the focus of butterflies. :-) Oh yes, wanted to mention yesterday that we got on the conversation of bugs that are symmetrical. Butterflies are perfect insects to introduce/reinforce this concept. Remember, never too early to introduce a topic!