Bumble Bee Small World Play

Engaging in small world play is so important for young children.

Not only does it nurture their imagination, it also enables them to explore new materials, act out scenarios from real life, build language, practice social skills and gain an understanding of the world around them.

For this activity, students participated in this kind of play within the scope of our bee theme!

Using several different materials, your little ones enjoyed creating their own environments for their bees.

Many developed stories for their creatures, using their imaginations to concoct various scenarios.

Butterfly Roll and Count

For this activity, students learned how to use a dice!

To do this, they lined up a number of flowers, 1-10.

They were then given a butterfly figurine. Following this, they were given two dice.

They were instructed to roll their dice to call out the number that was face up. After this, they moved their butterfly (starting at 1) to this number, counting as they did so.

Butterfly Magnets

Preschool students are some of the most curious beings on the planet.

The problem, however, is that they don’t understand complex answers if you only use words.

“Magnetic fields” and “positive/negative terminals” mean little a preschoolers. It is for this reason that we are constantly having our students experiment with different kinds of magnets.

By exposing them to items, they are able to understand complex concepts through concrete knowledge.

To align this with our butterfly week, we decided to play with these fun butterfly magnets! In addition to manipulating the magnets, students also created patterns out of them.

Beetle Letter Roll

For this activity, many of our students got to manipulate a dice for the first time!

With the aid of colorful illustrations, students learned how to spin a dice, recognize a letter, and then match that letter with an item! To tie this in with Beetle Week, we used a beetle-themed dice.

Firstly, students learned about four kinds of beetles.

Secondly, they learned about the letter that each beetle starts with.

Thirdly, they rolled the dice. Following this, the matched the letter with the correct beetle.

They completed this until each letter was rolled. Lastly, they traced each letter in the glitter.

Beetles in a Jar

Beetles are a type of insect characterized by front wings that serve as protective covers for their membranous hind wings.

These protective sheaths are often brightly colored, making them a fun subject for preschool counting! At our school, we are always engaging in play-based math activities.

This includes counting, sorting, measuring, and having fun!

We try to use an many three-dimensional items as possible so that our activities are as concrete as possible.

For this activity, students counted a variety of beetles of different quantities.

Following this, they sorted their bugs according to number.

Beetle Sensory Bin

Beetles, or Coleoptera, are the largest group of insects.

There are around 400,000 species of beetles that are known to scientists.

They can be found in all regions, from mountaintops to wetlands to scorching deserts.

For this activity, we decided to create our very own beetle habitats.

Using colored rice, plants, tweezers, and toy beetles, students created the perfect homes for their critters!

This activity targeted multiple developmental domains, including fine motor skills, science, and social science!

Spider Web – Visual Discrimination Activity

Although most children develop the ability to focus visually and to make fine discriminations in visual images as they grow, some children will take longer to develop these skills and may need some additional help, or additional practice.

Good visual perception is an important skill, especially for school success.

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Children need good visual perception to discriminate, copy text accurately, develop visual memory of things observed, develop good eye-hand coordination and integrate visual information while using other senses in order to perform tasks like recognizing the source of a sound, etc.

This activity accessed these pertinent skills.

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Using a variety of different colanders, your little ones weaved spiders into a web of string, which targeted their ability to perceive spatial relations.

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Hula Hoop Spiders

There are several ways for your little one to practice their fine motor skills. For this activity, your little one used their pincer grasp to help them understand how a spider web works!

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Before starting this activity, your little one learned about how a spider builds a web! If you’ve ever seen a new home being built, you know that the workers use wooden boards to frame the house. Instead of boards, spiders produce silk threads to build their webs.

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The silk is produced in silk glands with the help of the spider’s spinnerets. Spinnerets are special organs that allow the spider to decide what type of thread it needs for the web. The silk threads can be thick or thin, dry or sticky, beaded or smooth. The threads a spider uses to construct its web begin as liquid, but they dry quickly in the air.

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Using string, sticks and play dough, we created our own webs, and then your little ones attached spiders to a web that Miss Carrie made using string and a hula hoop!

Festooning Kids

A lacework of bees hanging together, leg-to-leg, between the frames of comb is called a “festoon” and the behavior is called “festooning.” The bees hang in sheets within the hive. A festoon is often only one layer thick, and the design is open and airy. Beekeepers have lots of explanations for this behavior. Some say the structure acts like a scaffolding from which the bees build comb, and some say bees can only produce wax from the festooning position. Scientists, however, are much less confident about the function of festooning. Most agree that there is no known function. To help you little ones learn about this concept, we created our own wall of bees!

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Spider Web Habitats

Your little one participated in yet another fun sensory activity! Using styrofoam as our base, white web material, sticks, and plastic bugs, your little one created their very own spider habitat!
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We began this activity with a discussion and review of the spiders and other bugs that we have been learning about. We then talked about where these creatures lived.
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Our discussion concluded with a review of the new vocabulary that we have been learning, such as insect, web, arachnid, antenna, web, and silk.  
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Your little arachnid enthusiast then happily constructed the perfect living space for his spider friends.
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After a while, everyone wanted to add insects to the webs so that their spiders could eat!!
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This was the definite favorite for the week, as your little one applied their understanding of various vocabulary and scientific concepts.
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