Minibeasts!

Minibeasts!

As the minibeasts invitation on the light panel, shared previously, was popular (and also the worms), we continued with this interest and have enjoyed a few related opportunities. Here are some of the activities we enjoyed…

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Spirals on the Finger Gym

… inspired by the book, ‘Swirl by Swirl’…

Spiral line designs inspired by the book, Swirl by Swirl - from Rachel (",)

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Retelling Stories

… with Very Hungry Caterpillar story stones…

Invitation to re-tell the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Story Stones - from Rachel (",)

 

Re-telling the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Story Stones - from Rachel (",).

Butterflies on the Discovery Table

Playing wth butterflies - from Rachel (',)

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Minibeast Small World

Minibeast small world play - from Rachel (",)

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Spider-Inspired Counting and Number Recognition

Spider inspired counting and number recognition - from Rachel (",)

Spider printable (FREE to download) - from Rachel (",)

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Spider without legs from Rachel (“,)

Tens Frames filled in with spiders – from Rachel (“,)

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Fine Motor and Number Work with Ladybirds 

Fine motor and number work with ladybirds - from Rachel (",)

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Minibeasts on the OHP

Minibeasts on the OHP - from Rachel (",)

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Transient Art Bugs on the Light Panel

Bug transient art on the light panel from Rachel (",)

Transient art bugs on the light panel - from Rachel (",)

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Sticks and Bugs

Sticks and bugs from Rachel (",)

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Play Dough

Caterpillars and other creatures with play dough - from Rachel (",)

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Bug Impressions in Play Dough

Minibeast impressions in play dough - from Rachel (",)

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Rescuing Bugs

– using fine motor skills…

Using fine motor skills to rescue the bugs from the spider - from Rachel (",)

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Threading ‘Caterpillars’

Threading 'caterpillars' - from Rachel (",)

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Montessori Tray Fun

Counting, number recognition and mark making with ladybirds…

Counting, Number Recognition and Mark Making in the Montessori Tray with Ladybirds - from Rachel (",)

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Decorating with Ladybirds and Bug Buttons 

I just put this out to see what they would do…

Decorating with ladybirds and bug buttons - from Rachel (",)

Decorating with ladybirds and bug buttons - from Rachel (",)

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Counting Frogs

(This was transferred from the previous maths area set-up, as they loved it so much.)

Invitation to count frogs - from Rachel (",)

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Counting Snails

Counting snails - from Rachel (",)

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Playing with Ladybirds

Playing with ladybirds - from Rachel (",)

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Counting Ladybirds

Counting ladybirds - from Rachel (",)

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Thanks for reading!

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Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂 

– Rachel (“,)

14 Comments

  1. Love the threading caterpillars! Need to get my hands on some wood, a saw and a drill

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  2. Love it what fabulous ideas as usual

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    • Thanks, Sandra!

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  3. I love your light table Rachel, what a wonderful resource you are so lucky.
    This term we are doing all about Eric Carle books and there is some lovely ideas here.
    Thank you very much

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    • Thanks, Jan!
      I’ve spent a fortune of my own money over the years, but try to buy open ended resources so that I can use them in lots of ways 🙂
      Enjoy the Eric Carle books!

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  4. I’ve just been reading about your fantastic use of your outside area Rachel and I feel so inspired by your creativity. I am a “mature” woman working with one to two-year old toddlers in a privately owned childcare centre in Aotearoa/New Zealand, and I sometimes find it difficult to come up with new and creative ways to deliver the curriculum and create a challenging and “potentiated” environment. So thank you and Pinterest for inspiring me.Can you recommend any blogs, posts etc aimed at “educarers” of toddlers?

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      • Thank you Rachel so much! Always so inspired by your fantastic ideas and support. Love our Instagram community 🙂

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        • It’s my favourite place, Michelle, I’m so pleased I joined! Love our community! x

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  5. Rescuing bugs! I love it!

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    • Heehee, they loved it too! 🙂

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  6. As always some lovely ideas and activities to truly stimulate. Loved the caterpillars, rescuing bugs and insects on light table.

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    • Thank you, Sue! 🙂

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