Creepy Crawlers

** I receive curriculum from Experience Early Learning (formally known as Mother Goose Time) for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 5th year using Experience Early Learning, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Experience Early Learning.

This week has been all about bugs that crawl, like caterpillars, worms, beetles and centipedes. When searching for these bugs, we unfortunately found all 4! Luckily, the centipede was dead. The beetle was small. The inch worms were fun to look at. The kids really liked to pick up the inch worms and watch them crawl all over their arm.

Learning about inchworms was probably everyone’s favorite day because we actually got to play with the inchworms that we found outside. It was fun watching how they move and later pretending to move the same way as an inchworm.

We started the day by singing “Itsy Bitsy Inchworm.” This is just “Itsy Bitsy Spider”, but instead of saying spider, you say inchworm.

Then, we made inchworms with pipe cleaner and beads. We measured items around the room using our inchworm friend as a base measurement.

We made an inch worm out of pipe cleaner and beads. We used the inchworm to measure items around the room. Idea and materials from Experience Early Learning.

I also cut a piece of string that was one inch long for each child. We talked about things that were one inch. We found things around the room that were 1 inch long.

Next, we rolled playdough into inchworm looking pieces. We used the “inchworms” (or playdough) to create letters. One of my children made a letter that was as small as an inchworm. It was cute!

The last thing we did was an inchworm race! My girls really wanted to race real inchworms (which would have been so cool). But, in the end, we decided to just play the game using our pretend inchworms that we made out of beads.

Inchworm Race Game from Experience Early Learning

Who knew learning about bugs could be so much fun?! I can’t believe June is next week. We will start a new theme: Treasure Island. We are so excited! But until then, keep searching for those bugs.

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