Monday, November 15, 2010
Worming Our Way
Next, I had a counting activity with 3 spiders who had lost their legs! We added them (up to eight on each) and kept a tally for each spider and a total tally. It was a good challenge for those kids who are learning numbers past 20 and a great review for everyone on numbers 1-8.
I tried so hard to find a tarantula to come to class on party day! But, alas, no spider to be found. Then, just a week after the party my husband went on a trail run where he saw a tarantula!
"Did you catch it for me?" I asked. He knew how bad I had wanted one for preschool.
"Um, NO! It was HUGE! And it was jumping toward me."
"That would have made it easier to catch."
"In WHAT exactly?"
"Uh, your shirt, your shoe, your sock, ANYTHING!"
[Husband walking away shaking head]
Eye balls (sushi rice balls with thinly sliced carrot and black gel)
Pumpkin poop (baby carrots **this was a fav because normally 'potty talk' is not allowed in preschool!)
Bat droppings (raisens)
Bat wings (Korean style nori sheets ** not pictured because they got eaten too fast!)
worms in mummy brains (grilled hot dogs cut in quarters length wise on a slab of Napa cabbage)
Ancient mummy bones (walnuts)
Ghost blood (jello **which almost no one ate. It was 'all natural' and it was disgusting. . .even for jello)
We talked about worms, what they eat, how they look, what they do to help the garden, etc. Then, I brought out a sheet with rocks in one corner, flour in one and wet dirt in the other. I asked them what kind of a place a worm would want to live. We thought the flour would make them cough, dry up and be itchy. They thought the rocks would be cold and not have food. They thought the worms would like the mud because it is slimy like the worm. Then, I put REAL WORMS in the middle and we watched. It. Was. Awesome. Worked like a dream. The worms wriggled over the flour and recoiled as if on cue. Then crawled in and right back out of the rocks, and then over to the dirt where then dug, hid and stayed.
To my surprise, all the kids asked to hold the worms. Since they only came in a pack of 24, there were plenty to go around. They were gentle, and loved watching how they move, how they feel and and of course, anything with mud is a bonus.
By the way, I love Doreen Cronan. Her farm books are hilarious.
Other take homes:
goody bag with playdough, silly bands, halloween slinky (no candy)
Spider web craft
We really wormed our way into Halloween this year. Hope you had a great one!