As we continue our Mother Goose Time bee theme, we spent an entire day focused on Work.
We opened the day with the game Buzz to a Number. We talked about how bees gather nectar from flowers and use it as food for the colony. We reused the flower bingo cards from earlier in the month but today’s lesson included a new spinner to flick. Then the children pretended to fly the bingo chip lie a bee to the flower with a corresponding number from the spinner. If the flower was already occupies, the bingo chips were stacked. The children really enjoyed using the chips as bees and created their own flight patterns that often disrupted the flower cards! Again, it was a great game to help my daughter with number recognition for numbers greater than 10!
The next activity was called Drones in the Comb and helped introduce hexagons. The children used the attribute blocks (the monthly manipulatives) to make designs and we counted the number of sides of each shape. Then I introduced the cardboard hexagons provided in the daily lesson pack. I explained beehives are made of hexagon shaped cells but the cells come together to look like an oval from the outside. Then we went outside to collect a few twigs and returned to finish our art projects. We traced the hexagon and colored the inside yellow for nectar. Then we taped the twigs onto the paper to make it look like the hive was hanging from the twig. Lastly, we placed bee stickers on the paper. After arranging them, my son spontaneously counted the stickers and assigned them a specific function for the hive.
It was such a beautiful day, we decided to pretend to be bees and search around the neighborhood for flowers. Azaleas are in full bloom and we examined how the different bushes were the same and different. Although, the kids were the most excited about picking the wildflowers and dandelions!
We closed out our morning with lunch on the drive way. While the children ate, I read the monthly storybook One Busy Bee. It was an engaging counting book that both kids enjoyed. The large font enticed both kids to trace the numbers with their fingers. At the end of the book, there was a guide of common backyard butterflies and bees. Although we only saw one butterfly on our walk, I look forward to helping the kids use the reference to identify the butterflies and bees we see this spring!