Monday, 20 June 2011

Eric Carle - the Very Hungry Caterpillar

It celebration of his birthday on the 25th I have decided to do some craft stuff based around his books this week.

We love The Very Hungry Caterpillar - it as been a firm favourite of the girls (and I remember being read it when I was a child). So to start the week off E, P and me read the book. We talked about the life cycle of a butterfly and went in the garden to spot some (although we didn't find any caterpillars). Then we did some mirror painting. 1st I drew some butterflies on paper and cut them out. Then E painted on one side of the butterfly. Then we folded the paper into two and pressed to smoothen it. What was painted on one side was imprinted on the other side making it a mirror image and thus the butterfly is symmetrical. You need to ensure you use lots of thick paint (although try not just to end up with a brown blob :) ). It was interesting that although I tried to extend this by just using a price of paper - E wasn't interested - she just wanted to paint a "telescope".

This was great to talk about changes and life cycles and in to introduce the term symmetrical. When we went to pick G up from school we looked for things that looked symmetrical.

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