Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Activity Wednesday

We've been talking about caterpillars and butterflies the past couple of weeks with Big Boy.  So this seemed like a great idea to talk about so many elements.

Link Caterpillar

  • Construction paper
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Mini stapler
  • Scissors
  • Small bowl
  • Crayons, markers, etc
  1. Trace around bowl and cut out a small round face for your caterpillar.  Have your child make a face for the caterpillar.  Attach pipe cleaners trimmed to the length you want for antennae.
  2. Cut strips of paper (or help your child do this) in various colors for the link body.  
  3. Help your child attach the links together to form the body of the caterpillar.
Some variations on this activity:
  • Use a set number for colors for the body and talk about patterns in colors.  For example, our pattern was yellow, blue, white, yellow, blue, white, etc.  It may be best to start with only 2-3 colors for a young child.
  • Number the links to help your child talk about and identify numbers.  It may be best to start with only 1-10 for a beginning counter.
  • Spend time counting the links with your child, learning to count each link separately.

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