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Learning About Praying Mantises with Mother Goose Time

So.  May, much like April, was not our biggest success, Mother Goose Time-wise.  What we did was fun, but it was not very much.  The last day (that we completed) was Praying Mantis Day.  

We started out with the Invitation to Create, which would have been much better if I had brought regular glue, rather than a glue stick, but either way, Little Guy had fun, which is really what matters when it comes to art projects.  


I don't remember exactly what he did with each thing, because the glue didn't hold the pipe cleaners on, so it went in the garbage as soon as he wasn't paying attention, but he did tell me what everything was.  It wasn't until the last few months that he has really planned what he is doing, and been able to describe his art to me after he finishes, so I am always happy when he can.


Little Guy is so good at cutting now, but his children's scissors were no match for his limited cutting skills, so for the pipe cleaners, he told me where to cut and I cut them for him.  I asked him what he was going to be using the pipe cleaner for, and he told me legs.  So I (of course) reminded him that all insects have six legs and had him count out the correct number of legs.


We also looked at the different shapes you can see on insects, such as praying mantises, then used our Insect Builders to build a bug.  He preferred my bug to his, and kept trying to trade me.  When I wouldn't trade him, he changed his around until it looked a lot like mine.  I didn't get any pictures of our bugs though, sorry!


I TRIED to take a picture of our last preschool activity - Wait and Catch - but it was a little to fast paced for my phone to catch.  In case anyone actually thought that praying mantises are pious little insects, they are not.  They just hold their front legs together while waiting still and patient for their prey.  When it is the perfect time to catch their prey (they can even catch small lizards!), they extend them with extreme speed.  We replicated this by tying a clothes pin onto yarn.  Then we clipped on a Bug Counter, and took turns swinging it back and forth.  The person that wasn't swinging it back and forth tried to catch the bug.  It was pretty fun, and Little Guy wanted to keep playing a loooooong time!  

It was a fun afternoon, and Little Guy enjoyed it as usual.  Mother Goose Time is so much fun!

I receive Mother Goose Time free of charge in exchange for sharing our experiences.  All opinions are my own.



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