Creative Critters

We are still doing the critter theme story time this week and the kids are loving it! The books we read this week are all by Jan Thomas. The stories are usually pretty short and very comical. The titles we read this week were: Rhyming Dust Bunnies, The Doghouse, Is Everyone Ready For Fun, and A Birthday For Cow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our activities this week were a giant under the sea puzzle. The puzzle was a 25 piece children s puzzle that had pieces roughly 8″ x 8″. I gave every child two pieces and I kept the remaining pieces. I helped the group assemble a few pieces to get a start and then I let them do most of the work. Every now and then I would offer a hint by asking them to look at what was on their piece and see if they could find anything similar on the partially finished puzzle. That usually is enough help. The puzzle construction is a great activity for the young kids because it helps them think abstractly in order to complete the puzzle.

Our song this week is:

The Ants Go Marching On

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching two by two,
The little one stops to tie his shoe
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching three by three, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching three by three,
The little one stops to climb a tree
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching four by four, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching four by four, hurrah, hu 1000 rrah
The ants go marching four by four,
The little one stops to shut the door
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching five by five, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching five by five,
The little one stops to take a dive
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching six by six, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching six by six, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching six by six,
The little one stops to pick up sticks
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching seven by seven, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching seven by seven,
The little one stops to pray to heaven
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching eight by eight, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching eight by eight,
The little one stops to shut the gate
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching nine by nine, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching nine by nine,
The little one stops to check the time
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching ten by ten, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching ten by ten,
The little one stops to say “THE END”
And they all go marching down to the ground
To get out of the rain, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

Our craft this week was a very simple craft that allowed the kids to use their imagination more than any other craft supply. What you will need it a piece of white paper, wiggly eyes or something to make eyes on the paper (could be drawn on), crayons, and any other art supplies you would use for a critter (buttons for polka-dots, sequence for scales, feathers…).
First I handed out the white paper and I told the kids to put eyes anywhere on their paper that they wanted. Applying the wiggly eyes was another small motor skill. After they used a ton of wiggly eyes and their page was thoroughly covered I gave them the crayons and I told them to then color around the eyes and create silly critters. By letting them put the eyes where they want, it ensures that they will have a completely individual and creative critter. There is no room for copying. The critters turn out tall, small, with antennas and tails. After they are satisfied with their critters they can add any other art supply listed above to embellish.

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