Discovering worms under a storage box outside lead to a bit of play around snakes, worms & bugs. As a result we have enjoyed these opportunities this week…
This idea came from My Creative Days. We’ve wrapped sticks in wool before, but have never done it with pipe-cleaners. Great for fine motor skills!
Threading Button Snakes
Undirected, some chose to thread the buttons onto the pipe cleaners as well as the laces…
Counting with Snakes, Spiders & Bottle Top Ladybirds
Numbered Legless Spiders
Adding legs to match the numbers. A couple of bright children had the opportunity to talk about how many legs the spider would need to make it up to 8…
If you would like a copy of the spiders, you can download them here: Spider without legs from Rachel (“,)
Number Recognition, Counting & Simple Addition
A simple counting & number recognition game.
If you wish a copy of the Snake Game, you can download it here: Snake Games from Rachel (“,) It’s very ‘rough & ready’, but includes some with printed numbers & some blank, in case you wish to handwrite your numbers as I have done in the picture above (or use shapes, letters, whatever!). It also includes a ‘reversed’ image.
This is a game I made a loooong time ago. Another simple roll the dice & cover the number activity…
If you would like a copy of my ladybird game, you can download it here: Ladybird Game from Rachel (“,)
Snakes and Ladders
I forgot to take in my Snakes & Ladders game & so downloaded this one from Craft ‘N’ Home here.
Patterns & Measure with Play Dough
This idea was inspired by Learn with Play at Home – we had great fun creating patterned worms & snakes & comparing the lengths…
Spiders in Soap Flakes
5 Little Speckled Frogs
I painted my ladybird & bee rocks last year (see below), but I made these frogs after seeing some on the Muddy Faces Facebook page. Theirs are far more gorgeous, but mine still do the job 😉
I added numbers to the song the second time we sang it, to reinforce number recognition…
Ladybird & Bee Hunt
I wish the children were as good at finding their abandoned bits & pieces as they were these rock bugs! 😉
My homemade triangular prism mirror box was put to good use with the snakes, ladybirds & bees…
Ladybird, Bee & Frog Play
I left my homemade ladybirds and bees & also my rock bees & ladybirds out & this is what happened…
I made the bees & ladybirds last year, using white cobbles bought from B&Q & tester pot paints from Wilko (normal interior wall paint). Then I varnished them with satin varnish. I know they’re a year old but they are chipping a little in places, so I should maybe have used a couple of coats of varnish. The frogs were made in the same way, but with tester pots from B&Q this time.
… with natural materials and butterflies…
A bit of ‘abandoned’ phonics play…
Thanks for reading!
– Rachel (“,)