Daily Archives: April 1, 2009

going buggy

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Today we started our unit on bugs and insects.  I usually follow up my animal theme with this one because it’s an easy transition.  I can go from talking about animals and environments to talking about what else lives in that environment.  I like to stick to the bugs they are familiar with and seem to be drawn to – butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars, grasshoppers, bees, dragonflies, etc.  It’s hard to fit it all in sometimes, but I let the children kinda lead me where they want to go.  It’s cool.

I love to do the life cycle of the butterfly.  So, today we painted large pieces of butcher paper – tomorrow all the children who didn’t have a turn will finish up.  When they are dry I’ll cut butterflies out of them and put them up in a cupboard until I need them.  I might use the scraps for another bug related project, we’ll see.  Monday and Tuesday we’ll make caterpillars and hang them around the room.  I need a cute caterpillar art project that I can hang on the wall – I’m open to suggestions! 🙂  I’m usually more prepared than this!

After the caterpillars are hung up for a week, I’ll start taking caterpillars down and replacing them with cocoons.  The butterfly cocoons are basically knee high stockings with the butterflies rolled up inside.  Over the course of about a week caterpillars come down and cocoons go up all around the room.  After the cocoons are up for about 4 days, the first butterflies start to appear.  Over the course of the next week, cocoons start to come down and the butterflies come out!  Our room really gets a nice burst of color once the butterflies make their appearance!

It’s a fun project and the children always get a kick out of it!  Spring has finally sprung!  Happy April Fools everyone!