The Fuzzy Caterpillar
(tune: The Itsy Bitsy Spider)
The fuzzy caterpillar
Curled upon a leaf.
Spun her little chrysalis
And then fell asleep.
While she was sleeping,
She dreamed that she could fly.
And later when she woke up,
She was a butterfly!
~ Author Unknown
There are so many ready-made activities out on the internet for this book that reinventing the wheel was not necessary.
I made this die and printed off the corresponding graph. They each took turns rolling the die and coloring the correct square. This activity was much more fun than I had anticipated, that's for sure.
I printed out some caterpillars in varying sizes and had her practice putting them in order from smallest to largest, and vice versa.
Abby will be making an alphabet book as well, so her first letter she started with was capitol C. I cut out some circles and both kids took turns gluing them into the shape of a caterpillar C.
Here is the final product! The kids wouldn't give me a serious smile, but they are both actually quite happy in this shot.
Imitating Eric Carle Art
I really love the illustrations in the Eric Carle books, so I decided that we'd try to see if we could make butterflies in the style of Eric Carle. This project took two days to complete, and several attempts. I first tried tissue paper with water colors. Abby did great with it, but I thought the colors were too light and boring. So I chucked it. I then gave the tissue paper to William, along with finger paints. I also tried this, and for me it worked perfectly. Not so much for a four year old. The tissue paper bunched something fierce and just frustrated him. So I chucked it. I then got out some card stock along with the finger paints. Major success!
Every time we paint I always instruct them NOT to mix the colors, always to clean off brushes/fingers before going on to a new color, not to smear the colors on their papers...but this time all those rules were thrown out the window. I told them to mix away, getting the colors all swirled together to create as many different colors and textures as possible. We read many Eric Carle books over the week so they knew what sort art style we were going for. Let's just say this activity was a huge hit.
* DLTK's Book Break
I'm planning on a garden unit for this week, since yesterday we started planting. I have one garden box pretty much planted already with the early spring veggies, and need to plan for the other ones that I will plant in April. They are so excited to continue working on our garden this year!