Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Our springtime theme was continued this week with CATERPILLARS. We began by reading Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert. As always, the Ehlert illustrations are beautiful and boldly colorful. Thus they are perfect for sharing with a large group of preschoolers. My group especially enjoyed learning that the pictures in the book are based on real caterpillars. They loved the last few pages which showed the caterpillars and their corresponding butterflies.
Our second book was the classic, Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Before beginning this story, the children learned the signs for “hungry” and “caterpillar.” As we read, they loved repeating the signs. I don’t often enjoy sharing Eric Carle books, but the children very much enjoyed it. They loved talking about all the different fruits.
My flannel this week was a simple butterfly die cut. I had previously made these and dug them out of storage for this storytime.
Our supporting activity this week was a counting rhyme. I chose to count backwards from seven to reinforce the idea of numbers as distinct within the series.
Seven little butterflies resting on sticks
One flew away and then there were SIX
Six little butterflies watching clouds float by
One flew away and then there were FIVE
Five little butterflies sitting on the door
One flew away and then there were FOUR
Four little butterflies sitting in a tree
One flew away and then there were THREE
Three little butterflies looking at you
One flew away and then there were TWO
Two little Butterflies sitting in the sun
One flew away and then there was ONE
One little butterfly left all alone
He flew away and then there were none.
The art word this week was COPY. We talked about what happens if we put a piece of paper down on top of a wet painting (a basic print). Then I asked what would happen if we painted on a piece of paper and then folded it in half. Then I demonstrated the process which I outlined: Paint, fold, & squish. This is the basic butterfly painting technique which you likely remember from your own youth. Paint on a piece of paper. Fold the paper in half. Press the sides together to make a really good impression. Open your paper to enjoy the beautiful Rorschach pattern. To make things easier for the children, I watered down the paint a bit and pre-folded the papers. The results were BEAUTIFUL.
Featured art station set up:
- Papers (prefolded)
- Watered-down tempera paint