Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Caterpillar Clips and Wiggly Worms

We've started out bug week learning more about things that crawl.  Eva has been fascinated with the worms in our gardens and loves to chase the ants on our driveway.  She's also a big fan of the Very Hungry Caterpillar so I thought it would be fun to make our own fuzzy little caterpillars.  We began with a few wooden clothespins clipped onto a big tongue depressor to keep them front flopping around.  I drizzled some glue on each and Eva applied little pompoms to the glue.
She was very particular about making sure that each caterpillar had one of each color pompom- it's amazing the details that toddlers pay attention to!
Once they were dry, I twisted on half a pipe cleaner on each for antenna and now Eva has some fun clips to decorate the house (or garden) with.
She also initiated some free art by squirting glue on some scrap paper and arranging the rest of the pompoms.
To continue with the crawling bug trend, I dug some earthworms out of our garden for Eva to examine in her sensory tub.
She wasn't ready to touch one herself but she volunteered me to do it.
She was okay with putting her lady bug sprinkler in the tub though and touching that!

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