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Bees and Butterflies - Mother Goose Time

This month our Mother Goose Time theme is Bees and Butterflies.  I was pretty stoked about it, since I think that bees and butterflies are both pretty (for insects) and I know they are incredibly important creatures.  Little Guy was not as impressed.  He said "Ewww..." a lot while looking at the stuff.  Oh well, I know he will learn a lot, have fun, and probably learn to appreciate these little creatures more.

Our schedule last week was beyond busy.  My brother was visiting on leave and so we did a ton of fun stuff.  On Tuesday we went to the children's museum, Wednesday we went to the zoo, and on Thursday we went to the beach!  We still did a few activities where we could squeeze them in, and the ones we did were really fun.

On the first day we did a rhyme poster with some cute bees that he got to stick on the poster while we counted.  He really liked this and we played probably half a dozen times before it was time to move on to something else.  He really liked putting the bees on and taking them off.  It is still hanging on our wall and will probably get played with more before I put it away.

While learning about bee homes, Little Guy got to stamp/paint his own beehive.  He really enjoyed doing this, although I suck and never put it together for him, maybe today!  We used a piece of bubble wrap dipped in paint to stamp the hive.

Every month we get TWO new manipulatives, and this is one of the ones we got this month.  They are called attribute blocks and are different sizes and shapes, like a lot of blocks, but the unique thing about these is that they are also different thicknesses.  Here he was sorting out the hexagons so we could make a bee hive.  This month's shape is hexagon, which is proving to be really fun, because its a new one that he didn't know before, so he is really excited and points them out wherever he sees them (like at the grocery store on the honey).

We also played Fill the Honeycomb, which was both a math lesson and a science lesson.  We put "pollen" (bingo counters) on each of the flowers, then we rolled the dice and moved that many "pollen" off the flowers and into the hexagons on the honeycomb.  So we learn that bees turn pollen into honey, and we practice counting.

We still have a lot of fun activities left this month, which we can't wait to share!

*Mother Goose Time provides my son and I with free curriculum in exchange for sharing our pictures and experiences!  All opinions are my own!*


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