My most inspirational moments as an educator were when I followed the interests and lead of my students. Today I had one of those moments with my daughters when we created our Suncatcher Bug Craft.
Admittedly, I was dragging a bit and wracking my brain on how to fill the hours until we picked up my son at school when I noticed a ladybug had made its way into our house. “Girls, look a ladybug!” My girls came running, climbed onto the window ledge and became mesmerized.
Though only 2 years old, we had an amazing conversation about the different parts of the ladybug, the colors we saw and the different ways it moved. Luca and Charlotte used descriptive words to explain how it felt when they touched the bug. This is a perfect example of an everyday teachable moment.
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE THE SUNCATCHER BUG CRAFT
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multi-colored tissue paper cut into small squares
pipe cleaners/popsicle sticks/straws
HOW TO MAKE THE SUNCATCHER BUG CRAFT
Begin by cutting out an oval shaped piece of contact paper. Peel the backing off and tape sticky side up to a table. Give your child the opportunity to stick the colored tissue paper shapes on the contact paper.
Stick pipe cleaner legs and antennae on the contact paper and cover with another piece of contact paper (stick sides together). I found it easier to put a large piece of contact paper on top and then cut the oval shape.