Backyard Bugs

Welcome back friends now let’s dive in and get acquainted with the insect in your backyard!!!

This week we learned about ladybugs, spiders, grasshoppers, bees, and ants. Some activities that we did were counting spiders legs, Measuring hops, creating a ant colony, ladybug headband, spider dance, grasshopper hunt, ant hill art, and Bee designs

Ladybug Headband

• headband pattern

• twist ties

• Circle stickers

• Wiggly eyes

• Markers

• Tape

• Glue

Discuss

• Ask, “ what do you think ladybugs eat?”

Make

• invite each child to decorate their headband with circle stickers and markers.

• Glue twist ties and wiggly eyes onto the headband.

• Measure the headband around the child’s head and tape it securely.

Play

• Encourage children to wear the headbands and search for “bugs.”

• Search for different colors or different types then sort them if desired.

Spider

Supplies

• soufflé cup

• Paper

• Yarn

• Scissors

• Glue

• Tape

• Black and yellow Paint

Discuss

• Ask, “ what would you do if a spider sat down beside you?”

Make

• invite the child to decorate a soufflé cup “spider body.” Add a face, if desired.

• Encourage him/her to cut eight legs out of paper then glue/tape them on to the cup. ( we had to use a hot glue gun in order for them to stick…. teacher only)

• Attach a piece of yarn to the top of the cup.

Play

• Invite a child to sit in a chair while you read the Little Miss Muffet poem. (Our preschool curriculum supplied us with a cute poem poster. Then invite a different child to hold the end of their yarn and sit the spider next to the child. Switch roles and play again. Encourage children to try and memorize the poem on their own.

Anthill….. Ant colony

Supplies

• inspirational photo ( supplied from experience early learning)

• Paper

• Cone

• Sand

• glue

• Scissors

• markers

• Paint

• paint brushes

• nature items

Set up

• Set out the inspiration photo and any additional materials

Prompts

• which of the supplies can you use to make an ant hill?

• Will you cut the cone and a half and glue to the paper or make a 3-D model?

• What could you use to make ants? Can you make fingerprint ants?

• What date your items will you need for your design?

I always love the inspiration photo activities from experience early learning (formally mother goose time) it always brings out the children’s individual creativity.

We also made a beehive painting using bubble wrap….. I’m sure all of you guys have a lot of bubblewrap laying around during this COVID-19 time….. I can’t be the only one with a collection of cardboard boxes in my garage… right???

Just grab the bubble rap and yellow and white paint and let them go crazy!!! My one year old loved this activity so much!!

I hope you all had a great week and we will see you again next week. Thanks for stopping by.

As an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, we receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, our opinions on amazing stuff for children are 100% our own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best judgement when planning activities for your children. #preschool #EELblogger Experience Early Learning | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram

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