Saturday, July 30, 2011

Insects

Book Suggestions:

On Beyond Bugs: All About Insects by Dr. Seuss
Bugs are Insects by Anne Rockwell
Buzz Buzz Busy Bees by Dawn Bentley
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
Alpha Bugs by David A. Carter
Don't Smash the Bug by Natalie Rompella

Activities:

Collect insects:
Materials: a glass jar
Description: With adult supervision, your toddler can have fun catching insects. Before beginning, poke holes in the lid of a glass jar (do not let your toddler help you with this part of the activity). Go on a walk outside with your toddler and see if they can spot some insects crawling or flying around. Without touching the insect, see if you and your little one can catch them in the glass jar. When you do catch an insect, screw the lid on and observe the insect. Look for wings, antennas, 6 legs. Talk about the insect with your toddler and see if you and your child and identify it. Unscrew the lid and let the insect go, then try to find another one.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to observe and explore insects, teach your tot about insects and their habitats, teach your tot sensory development





Creative Insects:
Materials: a variety of craft items, glue
Description: Throughout the week talk to your toddler about characteristics of insects: 6 legs, wings, 2 antennas, a body. Provide a variety of craft items for your toddler (ex. pom-poms, cotton balls, pipe cleaners of different sizes, strips of felt and paper, googly eyes, popsicle sticks etc). Let your toddler get creative and make their own insect using these items. As they put their insect together, remind them to include a body, 6 legs, 2 antennas etc. When they are all finished, they can name their insect!
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot about insects, teach your tot motor skill development

Listen to Insects:
Description: At different times of the day, (or at anytime of the day in some places) you can hear insects. Take your toddler outside and ask them to be still and quiet. Encourage them to listen to the sounds around them. Ask to listen to chirping and buzzing sounds that the insects make.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to listen, teach your tot to observe, teach your tot sensory development

Ink Insects:
Materials: a pencil with an eraser, ink pad, pen
Description: Talk to your toddler about insects. Show them pictures or read books about insects. Your little one can make different insects using a pencil eraser and some ink. Dip the pencil eraser in the ink pad and then stamp it onto a piece of paper three times (so that the dots are touching each other). Next, help your toddler draw 6 legs and 2 antennas onto their insects! They can make ants, butterflies, bees, beetles etc.
Skills Targeted: Teach your tot to be creative, teach your tot about insects, teach your tot motor skill development


Pretend to be an insect:
Description: You and your toddler can have fun flying, jumping, or crawling around your living room while pretending to be different insects! Make buzzing, humming, or chirping sounds as you do this.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot to use their imagination

Circle Ladybugs:
Materials: construction paper, glue
Description: Cut one large circle from red construction paper and several small circles from black construction paper. Show your toddler the circles and ask them to identify the shape and colors. Have them count the black circles and glue them onto the red circle to make a ladybug. Your toddler can add googly eyes and legs also.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize shapes, teach your tot to recognize colors, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to count

Insect Collage:
Materials: pictures of insects, poster board, marker
Description: Print pictures of a variety of insects. Show the pictures to your toddler and see if they can name the insect. Glue all the insects onto a poster board and write their names under the pictures. Your toddler can count the insects.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to recognize insects, teach your tot motor skill development

Colorful Insects:
Materials: construction paper, markers, pipe cleaners, glue
Description: You can help your toddler make a variety of different color insects. Cut circles from different color construction paper (3 circles for each color). Have your toddler sort all the circles by color. Glue three of the same colored circles in row. Add pipe cleaners of the same color for the legs and antennas. Your little one could even glue on googly eyes to each insect. When they are all finished, have your toddler name each color and write the color word under the insect.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to recognize colors, teach your tot about insects
Extra Activities:

You can refer back to some of the other Teach Your Tot themes from previous weeks to find more fun activities to do with your toddler. Check them out:
Ladybugs
Songs and Fingerplays:

Insects Insects:
(sung to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle)

Insects, insects have 6 legs
2 antenna and 2 wings.
Some fly,
Some crawl,
Some jump up a wall.
Insects, insects some of them sting,
but they are all interesting!

5 Little insects:

5 little insects sitting by the door,
One crawled into the house.
Now there are 4.

4 insects sat on a tree,
One flew away.
Now there are 3.

3 insects with lots to do,
One jumped away.
Now there are 2.

2 insects with work to be done,
One crawled off.
Now there is 1.

1 insect sat in the sun,
He crawled into the ground.
Now there are none.

If you like Insects give a cheer:
(sung to the tune If you are Happy and you Know it)

If you like insects and you know it,
give a cheer.
If you like insects and you know it,
give a cheer.
If you like insects and you know it,
when you find one on the ground
you will give a cheer and jump up and down.

Continue this song using different names of insects.

Different Kinds of Insects:
(sung to the tune of Head Shoulders Knees and Toes)

Beetles, crickets, ants and flies
Beetles, crickets, ants and flies
Are some of the insects that I can see with my eyes,
Beetles, crickets, ants and flies.

Butterflies, bees, and fireflies,
Butterflies, bees, and fireflies,
Are some insects that fly in the sky.
Butterflies, bees, and fireflies.

Grasshoppers, springtails and fleas
Grasshoppers, springtails and fleas
Are some insects that jump as they please.
Grasshoppers, springtails and fleas

Online Fun:

Coloring Pages:
Check out www.Coloring.ws for some free insect coloring pages.

Videos:
Check out all of these great insect videos at http://www.sesamestreet.org/



Recipe and Snack Ideas:

Marshmallow insects:
Ingredients: marshmallows, pretzel sticks, chocolate chips, icing
Directions: Use a large marshmallow of the body of the insect. Press 6 pretzel sticks into the marshmallow for the legs and 2 more for the antennas. Using icing as “glue”, add two chocolate chips for the insect’s eyes.

Ants on a log:
Ingredients: celery, peanut butter, raisins
Directions: Spread peanut butter onto the celery and have your toddler place raisins on top, as the ants. Have your little one count the “ants” on their “log.”


1 comment:

Findewaa Gustavo said...

The Marshmallow Insect recipe fascinates me the most. It's kinda fun doing it, and the ingredients are delicious! I have a very sweet tooth, and marshmallow, pretzels and the like are my weakness. :D

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