We have been reading the book Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. This is a book about little yellow and little blue who are best friends. One day they can't find each other. When they finally reunite, they hug and hug until they become green! The kids mixed yellow and blue play dough balls to make one green ball. We also mixed yellow and blue paint to make green.
We are learning all about apples. We have discussed the life cycle of an apple tree using picture cards to show each stage. Your child should be able to tell you how apples start with seeds and grow on trees.
We made apple cinnamon play dough and an apple pie sensory bin for their imaginations to run wild!
We used apples to make apple prints, using red, green and yellow paint.
We have been reading Ten Red Apples and had story pieces for the kids to retell the story.
We finished off the week making an apple with torn paper and choosing color of paint to make a painting with bouncy balls. The kids picked the color and we put the paper, balls and paint into a container for them to shake!
Writing trays are a creative way to help toddlers learn letter formation and pre writing skills. This is a fun and effective way to learn letters! Today we practiced with shape and line formation prompts.
We learned about two more camouflage bugs! Praying mantids have long necks and a triangular head. They can turn their heads an entire half circle. They're well-camouflaged, adapting colors that help them blend with plants. We made a praying mantis using paper, tissue paper, straw and pipe cleaners.
Like other insects, the stick bug has six jointed legs, a hard outer shell and two antennae. Its long, straight body is not only shaped like a stick, but also typically colored like one too. Most stick bugs are green or brown, although there are a few species that are colorful or even striped. We used a thin stick and twist ties to make our own walking stick.
We completed our Bugs and Crawly Things unit with a caterpillar. They eat constantly so that they can grow. Caterpillars grow up and change into butterflies and moths. We read the Very Hungry Caterpillar to see how big and fat he became before he turned into a butterfly. We used a cardboard tube, cornstarch noodles and markers to create a colorful caterpillar.
We learned about bugs that use camouflage to protect themselves. We discussed the differences between a moth and butterfly. Moths are dull, butterflies are bright. Moths have a thick body, butterflies have a thin body. Moths have curved antennae's, butterflies have straight antennae's.
The kids were asked if they had wings like a butterfly, what colors would they be? They chose colors and we made symmetrical butterfly wings! They were given a piece of folded paper, painted with their choice of colors and then we smashed the paper together.
We played in sand, grass and rice this week. I gave the kids easter grass, bugs and numbers. They fed the bugs matching numbers and grass! They asked for ABC's so we played for well over an hour with bugs, numbers and ABC's all their choice. Shhhh...don't tell them they are actually learning so much by playing and using their imaginations. We talked about colors, numbers, letters and so much more while playing. As an educator I do my best to set the invitations to play up in such a way that they are irresistible to these little kiddos! Today was a success with the bugs & grass.
We have been reading the Very Busy Spider talking about spider webs. Many spiders lay eggs in a sac is usually hidden in the web. We used yarn and cardboard circle to make a spider web.
Bees work together to make a nice home for everyone. They chew up bits of waxy material to make the hive walls. Bees store their honey and also the baby bee eggs in the honeycomb. A small piece of rice is similar in size to a bee egg. The kids created a honeycomb using stamps, paint, rice and pom poms. We used play dough and different size straws to make various honeycomb designs by stamping the play dough with the different straw ends. Each child dipped their finger in honey to feel how sticky it is and then took a taste! Yummy!
We transferred pom poms from a container to an ice cube tray using our fingers, tongs & tweezers, whichever the kids wanted to use.
We also celebrated another birthday this week!
Where do bugs build their homes? This week we talked about plants and dirt. All bugs hatch from eggs, which usually live on the undersides of leaves or in hidden spots on plants. The eggs hatch into larvae which will later become adults. We used a paper punch to make holes in the leafs and used pipe cleaner and beads to make a caterpillar.
Worms live in dirt and dig tunnels. We painted with squishy rubber worms and we played in the dirt digging for worms and making trails.
We finished off the week making anthill shakers!
Ants live in groups called colonies. They work together to find food, care for babies and protect each other, just like family. We searched for ants and other bugs in the backyard! Our invitation to create I gave the kids paper, paint, glue, markers, stickers and sand. I showed them the inspiration photo of ants and they were encouraged to create their own ant art!
Honey bees harvest nectar and pollen from flowering plants. Honey bees are social insects that live in large colonies. The queen bee, drones and worker bees all have specific tasks to help support the colony. The queen bee lays hundreds of eggs.
We used bubble wrap, paint, paper and paper plate to make the body of our bee.
We made a spider, ladybug head band and used story piece puppets to act out the fable about the ant and grasshopper. We tore pieces of paper to make eight legs for our spider and counted spots for our ladybugs.
We learned that spiders have so many eyes! Most spiders have eight eyes. Your child should be able to tell you that spiders have eight legs as well.
We learned that ladybugs eat aphids, scale insects, and other garden pests. We explored with insect counters; the kids counted, sorted and took a peek through a magnifying glass.
Fine motor movements involve the coordination of small muscles in the hands and fingers. Strong fine motor skills are essential to complete tasks such as writing, cutting, using a fork or spoon, threading beads, zipping, buttoning, and tying shoe laces. We are working on strengthening their tiny muscles in their hands. This week they were encouraged to use small stamps to pinch and push and playing with play dough.
We are working on tearing and cutting paper. Scissor skills are a lot of work for little hands. This takes time and a lot of practice!
We also have sensory bins for the kids to explore and use their imaginations! They can scoop, pour, squeeze and so much more. We had rice bins and a bin of caps to sort and scoop.
We had a busy and fun week. Enjoy the weekend!