It's Insect Week! This week we are taking a closer look at bugs. I have separate weeks dedicated to Caterpillars & Butterflies, Bee's, andAnts be sure to check out those pages for even more ideas.
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Set up your learning spaces for this theme!
Arts & Crafts
Add a variety of insect stickers, stamps and stencils to your art space this week.
Create an indoor world for "Life Size" insects.
Add items for insect "Dress Up": Wings, Insect Glasses, and Masks.
Get a closer look at this life sized garden over at Miss Hope's Blog
Create a place to study insects:
In addition to pretend insects, you can also add a variety of items for children to view insects: Bug Viewers, Bug Houses, Tweezers, Magnifying Glasses, a Child Size Microscope, Photos of Insects (calendars work great for this), and Books about Insects. You can also add clip boards, writing tools, Lab Coats, Silk Flowers, and Photos of Scientists at work.
Check out this clever entomology lab created by Mrs. Alexander's Ants
Add Pretend Insects, plants, Items from Nature, Green & Brown Felt pieces, and Rocks. Add Insect Patterns for pattern blocks.
Small world insect play from Irresistible Ideas for play based learning
Buggy World from Stimulating Learning
Insect Pattern Block Mats from Pre-Kinders
Create a place for exploring insects outside. This fabulous outdoor bug exploration area belongs to Daycare Spaces and Ideas Community Member Teresa Becker.
You can find a variety of Printable items to compliment this Theme.
Insect Sensory Bin created by community member
Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning Center
Bug Hunt from Artsy Momma
Insects on the Light Table from Pink and Green Mama
Invitation to Create Bugs from Imagine Learning Center
Bug Sorting from A Little Pinch of Perfect
Indoor Bug Catching from Ashley C. of Oh2BKids Learning Center
Fly Swatter Painting from Preschool Play Book
Grasshopper Craft from Learn to Create Love
Ugly Bug from Little Wonders' Days
Ladybug Crafts from Housing a Forest
Bug Play Dough Invitation from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Bug Fossils in Play Dough From Plain Vanilla Mom
Insect Movement and Yoga Ideas from Pink Oatmeal
Make a Roly Poly Habitat from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Insects in Jello from Simple Fun for Kids
Ladybug Number Game from Housing a Forest
Insect Sensory Bin from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes
Create an Insect Hotel from Teach Beside Me
Bug and Slime Sensory Experience from Craftulate
Free Insect Color Sort Mat from Playdough to Plato
Catch a Bug Math Printable from Picklebums
Insect Scavenger Hunt Printable from My Mommy Style
Move Like a Bug from Life Over C's
Fingerprint Counting from Fun Handprint Art
Insects and Bugs Pack from In All You Do
Insect 3-Part Cards from 1+1+1=1
Bug Jar Math Printables from Pre-Kinders
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This week focuses on Worms, Snails and Slugs. Check out the Lesson Planning page here.
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I've added Creatures in the Garden Count and Clip Cards and Magnet Letter Match Mat.
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It looks like Summer at the Dollar Tree this week.
If you do a Beach theme, these plastic wall murals would be great to add to your space!
Our store had plenty of Luau dress up items as well
Now is the time to pick up your Fourth of July items. Our store had these fun Magnets!
They had a variety of Fourth of July related Window Clings (they were stocking when I got there)
Fun Hats for your Fourth of July Parades!
I ran across these giant plastic test tubes in the Teacher Supply section. I thought they would be fun for holding nature specimens (Branches, Leaves, Rocks, etc), or using them to demonstrate color matching.
Our store still had a large selection of Pool Noodles, and Sand Toys-including these Wonder of the World Sand Molds. You can check out more Sand Toys from my last visit.
Did you find anything fun at the Dollar Tree this week?
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