Super Smart Summer... "Little Critters/ Bugs" Week
-Disney's A Bug's Life
-Bug catching in the woods
-Check out past issues of the Ranger Rick magazine from the library
The Backyard Detective book was really a lot of fun for the kids. They used their magnifying glasses to find bugs in the book then we read more about them on the subsequent pages.
-Weave spider webs with a cardboard circle and string
-Make play dough bugs with googly eyes and pipe cleaner legs
I have a love/hate relationship with PlayDough... what a mess!
-Adopt a bug for the week- Owen chose the spider and Trey chose the grasshopper. As we were reading our books it was more engaging for them when I said "Oh look, there's a picture of Owen eating Trey!" and they learned more about their adopted bug by reading library books.
-Go on a bug catching mission (please note the intensity of this mission... they even dressed the part and brought along their pop guns! Don't mess.)
-Bug Chart- I created a chart with a couple of different bugs along the left hand side (ant, grasshopper, ladybug, wasp, fly, dragonfly, spider) and different characteristics along the top (wings, 6 legs, antennae, stinger) Owen and I went through our library books to find out if each characteristic applied to that bug. He loved filling in the chart!
-Bug Pizzas on english muffins