Trevor loves books. So when I heard about this virtual book club, I knew we had to take part. The first week was Bug Week. So for every day this week I read Trevor a different bug book and then created him an activity to go along with it.
Monday: Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! By Bob Barner
I made a green squishy bag (take a gallon sized Ziploc, fill it with cheap hair gel and food coloring, tape it shut, then put inside another Ziploc) for him to use on our light table. We pretended it was grass and added his awesome Melissa and Doug bug set. He had a blast feeding the bugs, putting them to sleep, and also just playing with the squishy bags.
Tuesday: The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
I taped up a piece of contact paper on our sliding door (sticky side out), drew a spider web behind it with a window crayon, then taped a toy spider in the web. I had tissue paper “bugs” for him to trap in the sticky web. He wanted to act out the whole story so I had to scramble to find farm animals for him to talk to the spider as well. I think sticking himself in the web was his favorite part though 🙂
Wednesday: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I created a caterpillar for him to feed out of a cardboard tube, construction paper, googly eyes, and a pipe cleaner. Then we made food for it out of Play-Doh. Trevor enjoyed feeding the caterpillar and it was great fine motor work. Of course we had to act out the whole story here too, so we put the full caterpillar in a cocoon (brown bag) and then made butterflies with paint and construction paper.
Thursday: Miss Spider’s New Car by David Kirk
I covered our scooter board with paper and set out some markers and bug stickers for him to decorate and make a car for Miss Spider. He wanted to draw Miss Spider so I helped him draw a circle for her body. It was nice to see him using markers because usually he is so resistant to drawing because he knows how difficult it is for him. He also had a great time being pulled around on the scooter board. The scooter board is a great sensory workout (vestibular and proprioceptive).
Friday: Incredible Inchworm
I made green and brown inchworms out of clothes pins for him to take outside. In the story the inchworms nibble leaves and get lost in the lawn, so that’s what Trevor had them do outside. He did a great job pinching the clothes pins on leaves and sticks, though he needed some help. Working with clothes pins is a good way to work on strengthening the small muscles in the hands.
Check out the Virtual Book Club for yourself!