Monday, June 20, 2011

beautiful little butterflies...


this week, in our school group, we talked about butterflies!

 we read the very hungry caterpillar, by eric carle...


as everyone arrived, we made some butterfly paintings.  i had already drawn some butterflies on large white paper... then the kiddos poured little blobs of paint all over them.  once that was done, we folded them in half, and used some small rollers to smush the paint around.  we opened them up to reveal an adorable butterfly... and once they were dry, cut them out.



we also made some wearable butterfly wings...  we cut out both of the small sides of some brown paper bags (the ones with the nifty little handles)...

so it looked like this...
 
decorated them with some shape stickers and glued on paper shapes...

 took them outside, and flew, flew, flew!!!


and then, my favorite part...
getting back to the very hungry caterpillar...

i cut out some really big fruit shapes used in the book from large cardboard boxes, with nice big holes in them... and painted them accordingly...



and used them to reenact the story!  

start as a little tiny egg in the light of the moon... when the sun comes out, the caterpillar POPS! out...

and that little caterpillar starts to eat...

one apple, two pears, and three plums...


four strawberries, and five oranges... and tada!!!  (he was still hungry, so we just pretended to feed him all the other many foods, as well as a green leaf...)


 he then wrapped himself in a chrysalis, and opened up into a beautiful butterfly!


 the big cut out fruits lasted for a lot of play time... leo wanted to do it again... and again... and again.  eventually it morphed into a story adapted from the little red hen called the little red hen (makes a pizza)....

he decided to make a pizza in his apartment, and call out the window for help from his friends...


why be locked into one story, right?

just linked up to this new site i've been reading...


I Can Teach My Child

9 comments:

  1. thank you so much! i'm glad to be of some help for ideas :) glad you stopped by!

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  2. Wow! I love this idea! I am a Head Start teacher and I am trying to get some ideas together for nex school year. Every year I make sure to do a unit on this book and I think we may be trying out those cardboard foods! Such a cute idea!

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  3. thank you, kristy! so glad you stopped by :)

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  4. Yes, amazing. I found this through I Can Teach My Child. :)

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  5. thanks, jenae! i've really been enjoying your site... you have so many wonderful ideas! so inspiring!

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  6. Amazing! What great ideas!!!

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  7. Super idea to enact the Eric Carle Story .. Thanks a ton !!

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  8. Love love love it!! Super cute & perfect for retelling with little ones!! <3

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