Monster School: Bugs



This week, we focused on Bugs (insects, really).

Fingerprint Bugs

I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges started off this week by exploring the wide variety of insects that there are in the world.

Monster School 02 - Bugs 04Grace made fingerprints on a paper and then explained to me where the legs, wings, antennae, etc. should go.


Toilet Paper Roll Honeybee

The Honeybee Man by Lela Nargi was a lovely introduction to the benefits of honeybees in the environment.

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Rather simple project (we were at Nana and Papa’s house this week). Painted toilet paper roll, black duct tape (or electrical tape), and construction paper – white for the wings and black for the antennae.


Note the extreme concentration:

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Paper Plate Ladybug

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle was the inspiration for our next project. We have the book, but we also really enjoy this reading/video.

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This is red tempera paint on a paper plate with construction paper head and antennae. The black spots are dot labels that I colored with a Sharpie. I had originally thought to talk about symmetry with the spots, but she decided to go a different route.

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Worm Tracks

Bob and Otto by Robert O. Bruel is an adorable story about two friends and the changes that they go through and create. After reading it, we created these worm tracks and discussed the important roles that everyone plays in the world.

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This is a piece of yarn dipped in brown paint and dragged across the paper – replicating the marks that worms leave on the ground.


Window Butterfly

After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, we created a [new-to-us] butterfly (as we have made countless butterflies before).



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Tissue paper on contact paper. It’s a classic.



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