Monday, August 26, 2013

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
Waterbottle Glo-Bugs
Wrap an empty, plastic water bottle in green construction paper
Secure with tape
Punch 4 holes into the green paper
Wrap chenille stems to make the feet and place them through the holes
Cut wings out from yellow construction paper
Decorate/color the wings
Staple the wings to the green construction paper
Glue on bead eyes or googly eyes
Wrap a chenille stem around the neck of the bottle to form the antenna
Place a Glow Stick inside the bottle
The Full Effect of the Glo -Bugs!
The finished products!
Craft Stick Fireflies
Glue one colored craft stick on top of two different colored craft sticks to make the body & the wings
Glue on googly eyes or beads (for the eyes)
Craft Stick Ladybug
Glue together 3 black craft sticks and 2 red craft sticks to make the body
Glue a black craft stick on top of the body
Add black dots to the red craft sticks
Glue on googly eyes and black pipe cleaners
Clothespin Fireflies
Decorate the top of a clothespin with markers
Glue 2 colored craft sticks - in an X on the clothespin to make the wings
Glue on 2 googly eyes  
 Milk Bottle Cap Bugs!
Draw a half moon with black permanent marker and color it in
Glue 2 googly eyes on the half moon shape
Draw dots/circles with a black, permanent marker
Clothespin Grasshoppers
Paint a clothespin - let dry
Cut 2 - 3 inch pieces and 2 - 6 inch pieces from  floral wire
Hot glue the ends of the 3 inch pieces on the front opening of the clothespin and the 2 6 inch pieces on the back of the clothespin opening
Glue a googly eye on each side of the clothespin
Bend the floral wire to create your grasshopper 
Learning Activities
Counting Lightning Bugs
Math - counting, one-to-one correspondence
Addition, plus one
Pre-K:  Say the number and add the appropriate number of "lightning bugs"
Kindergarten/1st Grade:  write in + 1 after each number
Find the sum and draw the lightning bugs
Here is the link to this activity
Addie doing the Pre-K activity

The Kindergarten + 1 Variation
Firefly Shake
Math - counting, addition, one-to-one correspondence
I don't remember where I got this activity from - Maybe The Mailbox Magazine ?
I have about a dozen of these Firefly pictures laminated that I keep in an old, clean PB jar along with the directions and dice. 
Directions:  Dump the Firefly pictures out on the floor
Roll the dice
Count the dots on the dice and pick up the same number of fireflies and place them in the jar.
When all of the fireflies are in the jar sing this song -
To the tune of Shoo Fly
Fireflies are fun to see
Fireflies are fun to see
Fireflies are fun to see
But now it's time to set them free!
(dump out the Fireflies and start again)

I modified this game to make it more difficult by using two dice and adding the numbers!
Insects - Observe and Draw!
Science - insects
Here is the link to this activity
I modified this activity by only doing a couple of the parts


 Dragonfly Pictures

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