Thanks to a family trip last week and the Baby’s recent (iNsAnE) growth spurt, my Week Four plans were divided over the course of the past two weeks.
We worked on the Letter L with a a few ladybug and leaf activities. The Little Lady had so much fun with everything we did, as each craft and project involved going outside in some way; thankfully, a cool front came through this past weekend, so we (and by “we” I really mean “Mommy”) were able to really enjoy being outdoors.
Our primary book for the week was “The Grouchy Ladybug,” a book she received for her birthday. As I mentioned in a previous post, this wasn’t her favorite book ever — which surprised me since “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” is still at the top of her “favs” list AND she loves, loves, loves ladybugs.
After reading the book, we did a stART project and made our own grouchy ladybug, learning about the color black and bug antennae as we made the bug.
Using ladybug stickers, my Little Lady made a sticker counting book. We’re still working on counting; she has 1-3 down, so the sticker book added the numbers 4 and 5. She loves stickers and insisted, after carefully positioning each sticker, decorating her ladybug pages with a red marker.
To work on her colors, I downloaded a cute set of ladybug cards. We’re using them as flash-cards right now, but they can also (and will be) used as a color matching game. This picture only shows a few of the cards; there are twelve color sets in all.
We went outside to gather leaves for our “Letter L” page. She loved jumping up in front of each tree, trying (so hard) to reach the leaves. We also found a few on the ground, but they weren’t NEARLY as much fun to gather as the ones on the trees.
With the remaining leaves, we made a bird-feeder. This was definitely the hit of the two weeks — she excitedly looks for her bird feeder each time we go outside. It was so easy to make (painted OJ carton, double sided tape, bird seed, leaves).
The other highlight of our time spent with Leaves and Ladybugs occurred this past Friday, when the Little Lady discovered her first REAL ladybug. I wish I’d had my camera with me!!! She was a little intimidated by it a first, until I picked it up and showed her how gentle it was. After examining it, looking at its dots and legs, she picked out a grassy home for it in the flower-bed. It was the PERFECT way to end our adventure with the Letter L!