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I Like Bugs!

on May 24, 2013

Round bugs. Shiny bugs. Fat bugs. Buggy bugs. I like bugs! . . . OK, let’s be honest – I don’t really like bugs. BUT my kiddos think they’re pretty neat and so that was our theme this week 🙂 First, we got out the magnifying glass and went for another nature walk – this time looking for bugs to inspect . . .

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One of our favorite bug books this week was The Mixed-up Caterpillar by Annie Kubler. After reading it, we did this caterpillar-to-butterfly paint craft . . .

place blobs of paint in the center fold - this is the caterpillar . . .

place blobs of paint in the center fold – this is the caterpillar . . .

Then fold the paper over and scrape the paint outward from the center toward the edges of the paper (making wings).

open the paper and voila! a beautiful butterfly! Jorja's expression says it all.

Open the paper and voila! A beautiful butterfly! Jorja’s expression says it all.

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Here are some of the other buggy crafts we did . . . easy craft stick dragonflies . . .

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These yarn butterflies were also easy to make – you can see the full instructions on this site.

yarn butterfly craft

yarn butterfly craft

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And finally, we made bubble wrap bee hives and thumbprint bumblebees.

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Bug Math: I also incorporated the bug theme into our math lessons by using bug stamps to stamp the answers. I did three different sheets.

  1. Ladybugs on leaves.
  2. Dragonflies on frogs.
  3. Butterflies on flowers.

For Joseph, I just wrote a number on each flower/frog/leaf and he had to stamp the corresponding number of bugs. For Jorja, I wrote simple addition/subtraction problems. Here is what they look like.

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stamping butterflies on the flowers

stamping butterflies on the flowers

stamping dragonflies on frogs (feeding them!)

stamping dragonflies on frogs (feeding them!)

We finished off our bug week by watching the animated movie A Bug’s Life 🙂

Now, what to do for our last week??? Any good ideas for a theme for next week???

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10 responses to “I Like Bugs!

  1. I absolutely love the caterpillar to butterfly craft! And the bubble wrap bee hive. Cute ideas!

  2. We just finished insects ourselves, but I’m sorry we didn’t make bubble wrap bee hives!! Too cute. We are supposed to be finishing with a water unit, but I wouldn’t say we’re finishing strong. 😉

    • I know what you mean . . . things are definitely winding down here too. I think I’ve decided on a space theme for next week since we haven’t really done anything like that this year. But I’m totally going to keep it simple. Especially since I am coming down with a cold . . . UGHH. I hope you post about your water unit 🙂

  3. Like all of the crafts. LOVE Jorja’s outfit! 🙂 My kids would love these, and they are simple! Thanks for sharing!

  4. jillianmak says:

    Love that bee hive! Cannot wait to do it!!

  5. jillianmak says:

    Reblogged this on Early Learning Planet and commented:
    Such cute ideas!!

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