This has to be one of my new favorites! With a few supplies you can create your own Monarch Butterfly to fill your room with wonder and joy. We spent the week talking about the Butterfly Life Cycle and the journey of the Monarch's! My classroom now fills my heart with memories of my home town Santa Cruz California Natural Bridges. I n the fall you cols see them fill the trees in the thousands, what a sight to behold!
Our Science center set with photos, books and finger puppet Caterpillar to butterflies.
To start cut your black paper in the shape of a butterfly with the wings hallowed out. You can use any color paper I used black to create Monarchs. Next cut your tissue, the holes must be completely covered so you may want to cut them large or small depending on how patient your artist is. I start by adding wax paper to their art tray and then put your butterfly on top. In a cup I mix a small amount of starch with water they then use the paint brush to add the liquid to the wax paper in the hole of the butterfly. Then they set the tissue paper and cover leaving no white wax paper showing. To finish they lightly used the brush to paint over the top of all the tissue. Then set aside to dry. When dry slowly pull the wax paper away from the butterfly. Hang in your window Beautiful!!
The Frogs loved this quick and easy I Spy a Whale Wash Sensory Table. Found all the Whales we had and added dish soap to the water. Not only did they enjoy themselves but the Whales were sparkly clean when we were done!
To accompany this I had a basket full of Whale books. At circle time we turned off the lights and listened to the sound of Whales talking. We did this all week, instead of listening we danced like whales swim, really fun!
This week we are taking a closer look at the Butterfly, Frog and plant life cycles. To accompany this I created a I Spy Spring Flowers Sensory Table. I started with green peas then added some silk flowers, sticky rubber stretchy frogs, plastic butterflies and paper towel rolls. As I like to do I added photos above the table for the children to find. For example can you find the blue frog on a log? To my surprise the children lined frogs up on the "logs" to count, pattern and some filled the tube with flowers to create a bouquet! I had to add more paper towel rolls, I love my Job!!