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CREEPY CRAWLERS THEME
|Early childhood activities,
lesson plans and ideas about insects, bugs and fuzzy wuzzy creepy crawlers.
Gayle's Preschool Rainbow is very grateful to Pam S. of Pam's Playground
and the many other teachers who generously contribute to this pre-school
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Web of Facts
Materials: Ball of white yarn, large piece of dark bulletin board paper or a dark inexpensive plastic tablecloth and tape.
Description: Place paper or tablecloth
on the floor and have children sit in a large circle just on the
outside of it. Show the children how to play by taking the ball
of yarn and throwing it to another adult. Have the adult state a
fact that was learned about spiders and, holding onto a piece of the yarn,
throw the ball to someone sitting in another part of the circle.
That person states a fact, holds onto the yarn and throws the yarn to
Comments: I was amazed at how much the children not only enjoyed participating but also in showing off the web to visitors. I was also pleased to discover how many facts they remembered!
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani, paper, crayons or
Description: Once the children are familiar
with the song "The Itsy Bitsy
Children then draw a picture and write or
dictate the words where they think the
Comments: I had the children do their work on large paper and then used the copier to shrink it down to 8-1/2" x 11" size to make a copy of the book for each child to take home at the end of the year. This idea was well received by parents and children alike. Because the children were so familiar with the song, they were able to "read" the book easily. The book served as a good reminder of the friends made at preschool.
Materials: Music & Earthworms.
Description: Show examples of earthworms and discuss how they move. Give the children time to talk and hold the worms if they want to. Children now pretend to be worms and move like them. Roll, bend, wiggle, etc. Have the children lie on their stomachs, holding their arms at their sides and try to move forward without using their hands or elbows, just like a worm would wiggle. Put on music and go.
Comments: This is really fun to watch.
Materials: Spaghetti cooked with brown paint, brown and green construction paper and glue.
Description: Each child receives a whole piece of brown paper and a half sheet of green. Have the children glue the worms on the brown paper . Children can cut the green paper to look like grass and glue it to the top of the paper.
Materials: Worm pattern, child safety scissors and a marker for the teacher.
Description: Draw a worm shape. Copy
the shape and divide the copy into
Materials: One graham cracker, several chocolate-covered raisins, re-sealable plastic sandwich bags and plastic spoons.
Description: Your little ones will want to
dig into this tasty snack!
Materials: Paper plates, watermelon seeds, red paint and black pipe cleaners.
Description: Give children a paper plate
and let them paint it red. Then give
Materials: Strawberrys, chocolate, paper and baking cases.
Description: Melt the
chocolate in a glass or plasic bowl. Cut each strawberry in half, lenghtways.
Invite the children,one at a time, to come and put a spoonful of melted
chocolate, with the flat side down. help
the children to put some chocolate at the pointed end of the strawberry
for the ladybugs head, then a line down the middle for the wings. Help
the children to put the chocolate spots on the wings.
Materials: Book, Charlotte's
Web by E. B. White
Description: Read Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. "Charlote's Web" is the story of the endearing friendship of Charlotte, the barn spider, and Wilbur, the lovable pig. With the help of Templeton the rat and a clever plan of their own, Charlotte saves the life of her dear friend.
Bring Charlotte into your classroom by making
these sweet spiders.
1. Sprinkle the cocoa on a paper
plate and set aside.
1. The emotions of loneliness,
fear, grief, pain, and happiness are woven throughout this book.
Select two of these emotions and write a poem about them. Compile
the poems in a class book.
Comments: I know my 4 and 5 year olds can't
write, but we adjust the ideas to fit them.
Materials: Glue, assortment of pom poms (a variety of colors and sizes), wiggly eyes, construction paper, scissors and glue.
Description: Using pompoms, children can arrange them in a line to create a caterpillar or stack them on top of each other to create a bumble bee. Use eyes to give the creations life and construction paper for other features such as; mouth wings, antennas, feet, and shoes (for the athletic bug!). Or create a hat with a pom pom on top! Ideas are endless once they start coming alive.
Comments: Most preschoolers like to create and once you give them an idea stand back and away they go. My three year olds had a great time gluing and they were so proud of their bugs they couldn't wait to take them home!
Kids Love 'em
Materials: A large clear plastic container with a lid (we use a 2L. pop bottle or empty candy containers from our local corner store), soil, grass seed and snails.
Description: Teachers rinse out the container and put soil in. Sprinkle grass seed on top and water. Place container in a bright area (preferably near a window), keep it well watered. Once the grass starts to grow, hunt out a few snails and put in the jar. Make sure the lid is kept on when not supervised, as well that the lid has some air holes in it.
The children love to watch the snails and if someone takes the snails out of the container, some children will want to hold them. We do Snail Trail Art by letting the snails crawl on a dark colored piece of paper.
A favorite of our children is a Snail Circus. Take 4 wooden blocks and tape a piece of string across the tops, leaving a space of 6 or more inches in between. Cross the strings in the middle. Put a snail on two of the blocks and watch the Tightrope Act begin. This shows the children how the snails are able to maneuver along the plants they go on.
Snails can be very entertaining. I used to think they were gross until a 3 year old asked me to hold one. Now I hold them all the time in class to show the children how neat they are!
Materials: Old ties, cotton batting, red felt tongue and goole eyes.
Description: Stuff tie from both ends, using
a dowel stick to help push batting into place. Glue tongue and eyes
in place when
Comments: The kids are wild about these snakes wrapping them around their necks, having snake races and hiding them .
Materials: 3-4 different kinds of colored sand, 2 jars, 2 pieces of thick card and real worms!!!
Description: Teachers layer the sand into each of the jars. Make sure that both jars are exactly identical. On one piece of card write "worms". On the other piece of card write "no worms".
Cover each jar with the card (ensure that you can slide the card on and off). Add worms to the jar titled worms. Leave on a table.
Over time the worms will mix up the different layers and colors of sand. Seal both jars with a tight fitting lid.
Materials: Rubber fishing worms, string, non-toxic washable preschool paints, paper plate.
Description: Teachers take rubber fishing worms and tie string to them. Place different color paints onto a paper plate. Place a worm in each color of paint. Let the children dip the worms in and out of the paint and them bop them up and down onto the paper as if fishing. Very cute artwork!
Comments: The children love this activity and it is great to use during pond themes.
Worms and Dirt
Materials: Gummy Worms - one per child, chocolate
Description: After a discussion of worms, where they live etc., this activity can be used. After washing up, tell the children what needs to be done: the measurement of milk, mixing, crumbling and adding the graham crackers.
Now the youngsters can take turns pouring the milk into the measuring cup, and then pouring it into the bowl. Each child can take a turn mixing the milk and pudding together in the bowl. Mixing by hand lets the children do more.
Next, they can decide what they would like with their pudding, plain, with worm or cracker crumbs etc. Explain that it must be chilled in the fridge. They can eat and enjoy this creepy crawly snack!
Comments: This activity is a good treat and they get a thrill from eating "worms and dirt!
Materials: Egg cartons, black / brown paint, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners (cut in half), paint brushes.
Description: Put out newspaper, paint brushes and paint. Allow the children to choose the color or colors of their spider. This could take two days depending on the length of your programs day. Once dried use a hole puncher to punch in 4 wholes on each side. Allow the children to put in the pipe cleaner legs and glue on as many eyes as they wish. Some spiders have over 100 eyes. The children will love their creepy crawly spiders!
Comments: We had a ball. We sang Raffi's song,
Materials: 2 flashlights
Look at me!
I'm as happy as I can be.
See my light flicker and shine so bright
Now watch me fly into the night!
For lots more fingerplays, nursery rhymes and poem about creepy crawlers take a look at Preschool Rhymes about Insects and Bugs.
You will need: Red spray paint, 85 large lima beans, black fine tip markers, egg carton plastic bag.
Materials: Paper plates, bingo markers (preferably black), construction paper (red, orange, black), paper fasteners, pipe cleaners (black), black markers or crayons, scissors and glue.
Description: After looking at books and pictures
about ladybugs, this activity allows each child to have their own.
First each child colors their paper plate black, with marker or crayon.
This the the body.
The wings are then attached with help from
the teacher. A hole is poked through the wings, overlapping, and the plate.
The fastener is pushed through. This allows the wings to open so the ladybug
The antennae can be attached by poking a hole
in the head area of the plate and pulling the Antonio through, twisting
it in place.
Comments: The children loved this and afterwards flew their ladybugs around the playground.
Using the above song, children or teacher can add a spot each verse, thus teaching numbers sequentially as high as developmentally appropriate for the children. Spots can also be placed randomly with the child announcing how many he/she has placed and then singing the song. Children also enjoy playing individually with the set.Pretty Ladybug
You will need: Red, yellow etc. felt, glue, buttons, wiggle eyes, and pipe cleaners.
I always let kids choose felt colors to make ladybugs. We've had some interesting combos!
Materials: Washable paint, construction paper, markers.
Description: Teachers ask the children to press their thumbs on red stamp pads and make thumbprints on pieces of paper. Then let them turn the thumbprints into ladybugs by adding dots and six legs to each print. This project can also be adapted to make bees and butterflies.
Fine Motor Control:
"Cooking": Ants on Log
Materials: Celery stick, peanut butter, raisins and a plastic knife.
Description: Cut the celery sticks in
3 inch pieces then spread peanut butter in the hollow side. Place
raisins one after the other.
Bug SortingAction Poem: 8 Ants
Vickie S. offers this early childhood activity "To develop fine motor skill for writing and to develop math skills by matching, sorting and catorgorizing.
Materials: 2 bags of small assorted bugs (may be purchased at any store that sells toys), 2 large bowls or containers, 2 Tweezers, 2 cupcake tins or about 8-10 small containers for sorting.
Description: This is a table activity for at least 2 children. Set out the cupcake tins and the two large bowls or containers. Then mix up the bugs and divide them into the two large bowls. Show the children the tweezers and the appropriate ways to use them and then allow them to play. The children will automaticly sort, count, match and explore.
Description: Take the stem off the cherries without breaking. Use a toothpick and put 3 cherries together in a row. Use the stems to make legs for the bugs.
Explain to the children that only the bees that have pictures of things whose names begin with 'B' can go into the 'B' hive. Then let the children take turns selecting a bee and deciding whether or not it can go into the beehive.
Bee Circle Game
You will need: White paper, bumble bee stickers, black crayons, a record player, the recording, "Flight of the Bumblebee".
Materials: String, plastic spiders, container for caught spiders.
2. Have the children go to the bathroom, wash their hands, and put their coats on before going outside.
3. Tell the children that we are going on a spider hunt. Now if you find a spider, don't touch the spider because you may hurt it. Come get me when you find one.
4. Ask children, where do you think we could find a spider?
5. Let the children lead the hunt, and follow behind asking questions and answering questions. You may need to lead children toward the spiders.
6. When a spider is found, ask the children: " Is it a spider? What does it look like? Why do you think it lives here?"
Materials: Large ball of yarn and a large open space.
Description: You will be throwing a ball of yarn in a circle, each person holds on to a piece of the yarn as they toss the ball to another person until the yarn is gone. When the web is formed talk about a spiders web and how it is made and it's use.
"The Very Busy Spider" by Eric Carle.
Rolling Spider Web
Description: Put the black paper in the middle of the box. Add in the white paint (a little on the outside of the black paper). You might have to mix in a little water with the white paint because if it's too thick it might not work as well. Drop in the marble(s)and make a spider web by rolling the marble around inside the box.
-Take apart the oreo cookies
-Frost the inside of the cookie and put four pieces of licorice on one side then the other for spider legs.
-Put the cookie together with the "legs" inside
-Put to spots of frosting on the outside of the cookie and attach the M&M's for the spider eyes.
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