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WEEK 2

Butterfly Lifecycle

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Read the story if you have it at home or watch this very lovely animated version.

The Hungry Caterpillar

After you have read the book or watched the story, try to retell the story together.  Below there are picture cards to sequence. Support your child in talking about what is happening in each picture.  After a few attempts they will hopefully be able to narrate more of the story themselves.

Or you could use the cut out characters on lolly sticks to help you to recreate the story.  Could you make a sock puppet caterpillar?

You might even want to dress up all in green and with the mask found below you could BE the Hungry Caterpillar!

Numeracy Activities

There are counting activities, number sequences, pattern and addition tasks in the Maths Sheets PDF.  All of which you can carry out practically (so don't need to print) enabling you to tailor the numbers you are working with to your child's needs.

The Ladybird Doubles have a second sheet looking at doubling numbers to 10 but it is an extension if your child can confidently double to 10.

 

Caterpillar Thinking Skills Activity
Hungry Caterpillar Handprint Art

Pencil Control Sheets

Remember to check your child is holding their pencil correctly and starting each shape in the correct place.  If they are finding this task tricky then try to form them on a larger scale in shaving foam or flour spread  thinly on a tray.

Butterfly Symmetry Paintings

Fold a large piece of paper in two and draw a butterfly wing on one side.  Your child then paints beautiful patterns onto the wing being generous with the amount of paint used.  Then fold the paper in half and press firmly.  Open to reveal a fabulous symmetrical butterfly!

WEEK 1

Minibeasts

What do you know about minibeasts?  What can you find out about minibeasts?

Who Am I?

No need to print if you don't want to.  This game is fun wherever you are - Support your child in giving clues about different minibeasts and guessing which is being described.  You are modelling lots of lovely language so it is just as valuable if your child chooses to repeat what you say rather than making up a clue of their own.

What Can You See?

This is quite tricky so you can use the arrows at the bottom of the page to go back and view the picture again.

Bugs in a Jar

Ask your child to count the bugs in the jar and record the amount, or write a number and ask your child to put that many in the jar.  This can of course be done without printing the sheets.  Find some small smooth pebbles and paint them to look like minibeasts.  Then you can count them into and out of a pot or jar.

Practise adding one more or finding out how many are left if there is one less.  

Using two jars, ask your child which has more? which has fewer?  Can they count to prove they are correct?

I-Spy Counting Activities

Support your child in finding a strategy to help them to remember which minibeasts the have already counted, like crossing them out or ticking them.  

The second version, counting to 20, is there as a challenge version.  If your child is working within 10 then just do the first sheets.

 

Ladybird Doubles

Using the first template (or one you paint yourselves) begin to explore doubles.  You put one spot then ask your child to do the same.  Can they count and match your number of spots accurately?  Then count together and find the total.

The second pdf can be used as intended - adding different number of spots to each ladybird. 

Or, if your child is confident with numbers to 20, you could challenge them to add the number of spots indicated to one side of the ladybird then double it by doing the same to the other side.  Can you work together to find doubles all the way to double ten?!!!

Cutting Skills

It might be more fun to be creative and make your own minibeasts using junk, coloured paper and anything else you can find at home. 

How Many Minibeasts?

Remember to check number formation is correct, or write in yellow pen to enable your child to trace.

Sorting

Far more interesting to draw and cut around your own minibeasts to use to sort.  Can you work together to sort them into two sets - Can Fly and Cannot Fly?  Legs or No Legs?  Number of legs?  Size?

Gather pictures or toy animals and practise sorting them in different ways.  Lots of sorting experience will be most beneficial.

 

These are quite big so perhaps print a few to a page, but useful for ideas to help sorting tasks.
Minibeasts Colouring by Number

Move Like A Minibeast

Here is a fun activity that we would use as a warm up in the hall.  Can you think of ways to move like other minibeasts?

CBeebies

Watch Andy discover Weaver ants building a nest in Australia, Darkling Beetles in the Namib desert in Africa and Grasscutter Ants in Argentina.

Let's Go For A Walk

Join Ranger Hamza to find a Bug hotel!

Maddie's Do You Know?

Watch as Maddie discovers how bees make honey.

Ladybird Spots Number Game

This is a fantastic number game that consolidates number work to 10.  There are a variety of activities where children can practise their counting skills, counting out skills, matching and ordering skills. 

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