1.Observing Nature, The kids went on an adventure into the backyard. There were several live beetles and bugs pre-hidden for the kids to find. We also lifted up a rotting log to observe the insects hiding underneath.
2. Literature station - find the bugs in the book and talk to the kids that insects have 6 legs. The kids all loved the book Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth and Laura Huliska-Beith, And, although I LOVE the little Snappy Book collection as most kids I have read to just think pop-up books are neat but, I have found that these books are not the most accurate. One of the pages shows a bug with 8 legs and it is NOT a spider. This collection has such bright colors and clear pictures, that I still think they are good books to have and read with kids.
3. Art and Fine Motor Connection: Drawing bugs on a large chalkboard. Using an upright chalkboard or easel helps strengthen their wrist muscles so they are better prepared for more accurate letter writting.
4. Science connection: Observing at the stages of a beetle. (My son LOVED this and kept saying "Zhuk" which is Russian for bug over and over again)
And, as a take home kid, each kid brought home a Mexican Jumping Bean, complete with instructions and a little home. How cool is that. Well, both my tot and my 5 year old are in LOVE. We have now had Beany (his new name) for 4 days and the kids have carried him around everywhere. If you are looking for a pet, this one isn't too bad. It has all the food it needs in the bean, only needs a bath once a week and doesn't need to be walked!