Sunday, April 17, 2011

S is for Spring - Bug Week

 Munchky is 34 months
T-Rex is 17 months

 This week was bug week of our spring unit, in more ways then one. Just as we got over our colds and the weather was warming up we were hit with the stomach bug.  T-Rex was hit especially hard for practically the entire week and only wanted to sit in Mommy's lap and whimper when he was awake.  Munchky rebounded pretty quick and we did some activities while T-Rex was sleeping.

Munchky's favorite activity was playing with these masks that I got at the dollar spot at Target and using a bee magnifying glass (also Target) to check things out. We had fun acting like bees "buzzing" and flying around.

He also loved this "small spaces" activity putting in butterfly sticks (from Dollar Tree) into the holes of our colander and played with it over and over again.  Apparently he got over his objection for it being used for anything else but catching balls.
Some of the sticks were fatter than others, and made a "snapping" noise as they were pushed into the holes.  When this happened, he said, "You alright, butterfly?,  Be careful."

We did a butterfly finger painting using a stencil from Dollar Tree.

Searching for the bugs I added into our spring sensory bin.  He decided it was easier to try and shake them out.

The boys working on Butterfly and caterpillar  sheets from COAH.  This is T-rex's lone appearance for the week (about 3 minutes worth).


We read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" this week and  talked about how caterpillars became butterflies. We also worked on this tot pack created for it by Carisa at 1+1+1=1. 
Munchky loved the color matching (word, color, and food).  He got it right away, words and all, without me having to show him.  (I'll have to see if he knows the color words if they aren't printed in that color).  He liked them so much that he had to take the cards with him to bed!

Working on matching the uppercase letters to lowercase. I decided not to cut up the lowercase letters and he could place the uppercase on top of the matches.  (less cards that way)

Munchky used the M&D lacing beads to put the numbers in order.  (I was missing the six in the bin and he wasn't happy, I tried to convince him to use the nine upside down..but he didn't buy it.)

I tried to get him to lace the beads..but he's still not interested.  He did one and then he was done.

Munchky seeing how far the gel clings stretch

Munchky and Daddy after a long day.

PS.  T-Rex felt much better today (Sunday) and wanted to go downstairs (to our tot room).  He loved the butterfly sticks, having Mommy wear the bee mask while he "buzzed", and digging in the sensory bin.  He also really enjoyed the ABC cards to the Very Hungry Caterpillar, though he insists that all the fruits are apples.

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  1. OH It is a shame your younger one was so sick- poor thing!

    Looks like you still had a good week though- love the butterfly sticks into the colander idea.

  2. Love the masks! Looks like a good week even with a sick little one. Stopping by from tot school.

  3. Great week! Love the "Are you all right butterfly?" Reminds me of my little one. Love how compassionate they are!