What fun is painting your hands if you can't share it with a friend!? This week the preschoolers learned a lot about insects and gardens. A small sampling of those activities are highlighted below. I wish I had time to post everything they do - it is so much fun!
For a special group art activity, the preschoolers traced the dotted outline of a vase shape and flower stem, painted their hands to create a "hand flower," and then filled the vase with torn tissue paper "water." This will be a special scrap book addition!
We had three special visitors in our class this week. One of my intro students happens to raise stick bugs, or walking sticks. She allowed us to babysit them for a week and get an up close and personal experience with these neat little guys. The kids loved them, and they were easy to hold because they don't go anywhere...at least not quickly!
Here the kids were taught by teacher Elizabeth about the importance of bees, and how bees pollinate flowers. They each got to wear a special bee finger puppet and fly into the flower filled with Cheetos (pollen) to collect nectar. Then, with their "pollen" covered fingers they would fly to another flower with a cotton ball center and discover how their "pollen" was transferred. Some exclaimed how hard it was to reach the nectar in the bottom of the cup, and we said, "Yes, a bees job is VERY hard!"
Alia Laack is a high school Family and Consumer Sciences teacher who runs the Early Childhood Education program at Century High School, including the Little Jags Preschool.