Friday, May 26, 2017

Crazy Caterpillar Crafts

If you have been following our adventures for a little while, you know that I have really struggled with being able to fit all the daily discovery bags in each month.  I wrote about that here
The last several months we have picked and chose bags from our Mother Goose Time box that interested Sweet Pea.  I really loved how easily this month could be adjusted and how 2 bags could both covered in the same day if needed! 
For example: Spider and Web, Ant and Hill, Bee and Hive, or Caterpillar and Butterfly!

We studied caterpillars one day and butterflies the next and had so much fun with both.
Check out these "Insect Builder" mnaipulatives that came in our beloved Mother Goose Time box

Sweet Pea would pull out the objects she needed that matched the card,  and I would help her build them.  She really liked the snail/slug and caterpillar.

They are still built and she loves to play with them... last time I saw the caterpillar, pictured above, it was in my bed. 

Next we used some corn starch noodles to build caterpillars.
Have you ever used these?! 
I had never seen them until they came in one of our unit studies, and when my friend Julie saw them, she gave me a whole box of them her mom had stored in her garage! Jackpot!  
All you need to do is lightly dip the end in water and press them together.  They will stick together and this is a perfect sculpture art project for little ones!

Sweet Pea built 2 caterpillars. I had some chenille stems cut into small little segments that she stabbed into the cornstarch noodles to make legs for her caterpillars.

I asked Sweet Pea to look at the caterpillar picture and tell me what the caterpillar was walking on. "Stick."  
Do you know where we have a stick like that in the house?
We still had our stick hanging up by the window that housed some of our eggs and birds crafts from last month.  She ran to it and it was the perfect spot to place her caterpillars.

That 3-eyed paper plate bird Sweet Pea created is definitely keeping an eye on those caterpillars!

Stay tuned for our butterfly painting day! 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tot School: Bug Sensory Bin

We've been exploring bugs this month.  I thought it would be a fun theme to make a sensory bin for Sweet Pea.  Here's what we did...

First we read this awesome book that came with our Mother Goose Time unit.  Sweet Pea acted out some of the pages. 

Look Mom!  I can carry a blue car above my head too! 
I love it when we read and she has to get up because she relates to the words on the page.

After reading the story and observing the different bugs, we worked together to make the sensory bin.
We used:
  • plastic bug manipulatrives that came with our Mother Goose Time unit
  • 2 different bags of green pom poms I already had
  • popsicle sticks with flowers glued onto the end (I've had these flowers for years in my craft stash)
  • an egg carton turned upside down and slits cut into the egg holders so bugs and flowers could fit
  • plastic bridge and pot from some outdoor stuff we own
  • plastic tongs from Hobby Lobby we already had.  Perfect to help with fine motor skills!
Cost of bin= $0.00!
It's all items I already had at home.  
See what you already have before you head to the store.
Pinto beans would be great filler too!

I love how she worked with her tongs to squeeze the bugs and pom poms. 
She plays with this bin just about every day.  I just keep it out for her to enjoy whenever she feels like checking it out.  Sweet Pea has gotten so good at using these tongs.  This is a great step before using tweezers, which I am hoping to introduce soon.

We love all the awesome things that come with our Mother Goose Time box, and I love to find all sorts of ways to use what they have blessed us with!

If you want to order the book ($7.99) or bug set ($19.99) check out this link

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