Bees Are Buzzing – Spring is Coming!

Bees Are Buzzing – Spring is Coming!
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Teach/Review the 4 Seasons and how a cycle works

Possible circle/center concepts:

  • Bugs
  • Plants
  • Frogs
  • Seeds
  • Gardening
  • Parts of a flower (seed, roots, shoot/stem, leaves, seeds, petals)
  • Life Cycles
  • Weather
    • What kind of weather do we have in the spring?
    • Is the weather the same here during the spring as it is somewhere else?
    • What do we wear in the spring?
    • What are some spring activities we enjoy?

Select a category

Art | Math | Science & Sensory | Writing | Manipulatives | Dramatic Play | Music & Movement | Field Trip Ideas | Sample Single Day Lesson Plan

Academic/developmental category legend
  • O – open ended
  • S – science and/or sensory incorporated
  • P – pre prepped projects
  • M – memory/keepsake
  • F – fine motor activity
  • G – gross motor activity
  • A – academic- letter, number, shape and/or color recognition
  • L – language development

Art

Rain drop paint (O,F)

  • materials needed
    • blue watercolor paints
    • eyedroppers
    • construction paper
Plastic egg paint (O, F)
– child chooses a few eggs to crack open over paper then paint with tools of choice

  • materials needed
    • plastic Easter eggs filled with multiple colors of nontoxic washable paint (one color per egg)
    • construction paper
    • q-tips
    • paint brushes
    • sponges
Flower prints (O, F)
  • materials needed
    • nontoxic washable paints – colors of choice
    • construction paper
    • cheap fake flowers
Lady Bugs (P, A)
  • materials needed
    • glue
    • white paper plates
    • several black circles (dots) and larger black half circles (heads)
    • red nontoxic washable paint
    • paint brushes
Butterfly Paint-and-fold (O)
  • materials needed
    • construction paper – color of choice
    • nontoxic washable paints – a few colors of choice
Hand-print caterpillars (M)
– create a caterpillar by stamping child’s hand-prints in an AB pattern

  • materials needed
    • white construction paper
    • nontoxic washable paints – a few colors of choice
Rock bugs (O)
– children create their own bugs

  • materials needed
    • rocks collected by students on a rock hunt or previously gathered/bought by teacher (in this case, multiple sizes)
    • googly eyes
    • glue
    • pipe cleaners in multiple colors
    • nontoxic washable paints in multiple colors
    • safety scissors
“Worm” painting/tracks (O, F)
– “worms” are dipped in paint and then dragged across paper

  • materials needed
    • tarn
    • construction paper
    • brown nontoxic washable paint
    • tweezers
Fly swat splatter paint (O,G)
  • materials needed
    • large butcher paper
    • fly swatters
    • nontoxic washable paint – in various colors
    • smocks – this one is messy and should be done outside

Math

Patterning with plastic bugs
Patterning with frogs
Patterning with flowers
Flower leaf counting
(numbers printed on flower, stems have corresponding dots, children add leaves)

Science and Sensory

Food color and flowers
– add food coloring to water
Parts of the flower
– stem, pedals, leaves, etc.
Butterfly Life-cycles
– have children glue them onto a pre-cut construction paper leaf in life-cycle pattern
  • My favorite uses a lentil as the egg, a spiral noodle as the caterpillar, a shell noodle as the chrysalis and a bow-tie noodle as the butterfly (all uncooked).
Garden sensory bin
– soil, fake flowers, shovels, gloves
Soil with fake bugs
– add in tweezers to incorporate fine motor
(real) Worms in soil
– teacher assisted for worm safety
Plastic bugs or animals in birdseed
(add scoopers)
Snail observation
– teacher assisted for snail safety
Planting seeds
– observe growth over time
Lima bean project
– Put lima beans in a Ziplock bag with a moist cotton ball, tape to window or place in a well lit -natural light- area, observe the sprouts over time
Caterpillar to butterfly observation
– Order live caterpillars and place in a safe place – high enough for caterpillar safety but low enough to still be observed over time
Ant farm
– order live ants and watch them build their tunnels
Ladybug larva
– order live ladybug and observe them change over time
Praying mantis eggs
– order praying mantis eggs and observe them eventually hatch

Writing

Dirt play doh sensory writing
– have children recreate letter using the rocks in the Play-doh
  • can also be used as a sensory activity, brown Play-doh, small rocks or pebbles, letter flash cards and trays
Journal entry, draw and dictate
“What I like the most about Spring”

Manipulatives

Construct a rainbow
– step-by-step prepped project
Build-a-flower
– put together flowers using pre-prepped parts
Play-doh bugs
– google eyes, pipe cleaners
Name spelling garden
– alphabet letters printed on flowers and then glued onto straws, children locate letter to spell their names, “plant” flowers in order into pre-cut pool noodles with wooden dowels

Dramatic Play

Garden center
– fake flowers, plastic buckets, shovels, gloves, vases and pots
Bug hunt
– safari hats, binoculars, bug catchers, microscopes, plastic bugs
Entomologist AKA Insect Scientist
– lab coats, microscopes, tweezers, bug books, clipboards, paper, pencils
Let’s have a picnic
– picnic basket, blanket, plates, napkins, utensils, cups, pretend food and drinks

Music and Movement

“Five Little Lady Bugs” by Karyn Henley
Bug movement cards (flutter like a butterfly, wiggle like a worm)
“One Little Bird” by Bob Harrison
“Five Little Ducks”
Rainbow ribbon rings (dance)

Field Trip Ideas

Local nurseries home improvement stores

Sample Single Day Lesson Plan

Morning Activities (drop off) Find Name (practice writing it). Sign in

Free Play activities

Morning Circle Jobs

Calendar/Count/Flag

Introduce/go over Letter and Number of the week

Book – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Song – “Five Little Ladybugs”

Ten Frame charts – Count flower petals

Centers  
Art Butterfly Paint-And-Fold
Blocks Large wooden blocks with fake flowers, fruit & vegetables
Dramatic Play Bug Hunt
Manipulatives Name Spelling Garden
Writing Dirt Play-doh Writing Trays
Sensory/Science Butterfly Life-cycle
Math Flower Leaf Counting

*Not all of the activities in this thematic unit are my own but have been adopted and/or adapted from activities found online (via Google and/or Pinterest) and ECE teacher seminars

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