Thursday, May 12, 2022

Spring Theme: Bugs, Bees and Butterflies

Lately, we have been doing several Spring Themed activities. Since there are so many fun spring ideas, I decided to divide it out a bit. Here are the activities we have done related to buys, bees and butterflies. These are only a few quick things on the topic. Sometime in the next couple of years I'd like to do a bigger unit where we can go a bit more in depth.

Butterfly math spinner game (from my spring math printables)
Math boxes with butterfly, dragonfly, bee and lady bug erasers.
Insect 3 Part Cards with Toob Insects. We've done this in the past, but it has been so long that it felt new to him.
Buggy Playdough. For this kit I used our Garden Bugs rollers, some bee and hexagon cookie cutters, some textured wooden beads, some flower and bee decorative buttons and some flower buttons.
prek math
Butterfly bead pattern making (from my spring math printables).
Fine motor activities
Digging butterfly beads out of therapy putty to make a graph and answer question. Graphing sheet can be printed here.
To go with the "bee" theme I put a black piece of paper at the bottom of a tray and added some yellow sand. He then used a straw to write his spelling words (his finger would have worked better, but he chose to use the straw).
Caterpillar hole punching activity from Early Learning Ideas
Honeycomb memory game (from my Bee Tot Pack).
Bee 3 part cards (from my Bee Tot Pack).
Sorting bug lifecycles (from The Pinay Homeschooler). I ended up adding a book on ladybugs.
Same activity with butterflies instead.
We have lots of books about bugs, spiders and butterflies, so I only put some on the shelf. From this shelf the favorites were What Makes a Bug a Bug? and Peep Inside Bug Homes.
This shelf had some of our bee books, including Look Inside The World of Bees and Why Do We Need Bees? (I ended up becoming a UBAM consultant because Archer likes these Lift-the-Flap books so much).
Bee and ladybug crafts he did at preschool.


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