Parent Guide Activities - INCREDIBLE INSECTS

Parent Guide Activities - INCREDIBLE INSECTS

This month's theme is INCREDIBLE INSECTS - where we celebrate everything creepy and crawly with some amazing books!

Starting with the Bitty Box, we had three sturdy board books - A is for Ant, Peep Inside Bug Homes, and Thank You, Bees

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Make your own ant out of an empty egg carton and some pipe cleaners. Step by step instructions HERE!
  • There are lots of different ants with different jobs to do. Which ant is your favourite?
  • A is for ant, apple, and air. What noise does A make? Can you find anything else in the house that starts with the A sound?

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • Go on a bug spotting adventure of your own! Can you see bees and butterflies? What about ants, ladybugs, and caterpillars? Where did you find the most bugs? 
  • Little ones love imitating! Choose a bug in Peep Inside Bug Homes and pretend to imitate the things they do. Try crawling or swimming, creeping or flying. Talk about the differences bugs that crawl and bugs that fly - can some bugs do both?
  • On the last page of the book, they show a bug hotel - try making your own easy bug hotel using an old coffee mug and some sticks. Simple instructions available HERE.

Language Concepts & Book Interaction:

  • This book is all about gratitude for the environment and the world around us. What are you grateful for? Introduce the concept of gratitude with young children by talking about the things that make you feel happy.
  • Put gratitude into practice by choosing some of the things in the book to say thank you to together. You might say thank you to the sun, trees, dirt, and bees on your next nature walk.

Next up is our Biggie Box. In this month's box we had two gorgeous hardcover books: Twig and Look and Find Bugs. 

Language Concepts:

Twig is a great introduction to picture books with more developed story lines, while still being short enough to appeal to young children. For younger readers, read a line and ask them to say it back to you - following the words on the page with their finger. This will help reinforce the behaviour of reading from top to bottom, left to right, which is particularly helpful in this story when the words sprawl across the pages to match the illustrations.

As you read each page, encourage your child to describe what is happening and why, prompting with questions like 'why do you think the other bugs haven't noticed Heidi?'

Discussion Topics:

  • Before reading the story - what do you think it might be about? Use the cover illustrations and title as clues.
  • After reading - how do you think Heidi was feeling when no one noticed her? Have you ever felt lonely or left out?
  • Heidi's new friends helped make her a special scarf so she could stand out. At the end of the book, it said she wore it all the time - do you have a favourite outfit you like to wear?

Hands-On Activities:

  • Using the book as inspiration, create your own stick person! Try going on a nature walk to find the perfect stick or twig, and follow the easy step-by-step instructions HERE to create a person just like Heidi!
  • Can you find the bugs at the back of the book?
  • Download and print out a Twig colouring in sheet, available to download HERE.

    Language Concepts:

    Look and Find Bugs is all about using those spotting skills to find little bugs hidden on each page. To build language and comprehension, use the prompts on each page as opportunities for discussion.

    When finding the silly bugs (e.g., can you find who has been shopping, can you spot the bug with a frying pan) talk about whether this is something a bug would do in real life, or if this is pretend. What is the difference between real and pretend? Also discuss the different types of bugs on each page - where do they live, what do they eat, and have you seen them before?

    Discussion Topics:

    • Before reading - what do you think this book might be about? Encourage readers to use the title and cover illustrations as clues. 
    • While reading - which is your favourite page so far? Were you able to complete all the challenges, or were there some bugs you couldn't find?
    • After reading - where do you think would be a good time to read this book? Maybe in the car or on a trip to pass the time?

    Hands-On Activities:

    • We love the spider page of this book! Make your own spider web using just paper and scissors. Great for building fine motor skills! Instructions available HERE.
    • Choose one of the pages in the book as inspiration for a story. Think about the setting of the story, the characters, and what kind of adventures they might have. You might want to write down your story or draw a picture and tell your story aloud.

    Our Family Box included one book from our Bitty Box and one from our Biggie Box. This month's books were Twig and A is for Ant.

    xx Karly
    Owner, Bookieboo 

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