Yesterday was the first day of school for us. We dropped off my 6-year-old for his first day of first grade, then it was time for preschool for the younger two!
- Our alphabet strip is up on the wall. So we found letter A and sang the ABC song. We use the alphabet strip here. I love it!
- We traced Big A and little a in the air with our fingers.
Then on to the ANTS!
- I gave the kids a magnifying glass and we went in the backyard to search for ants. They loved it. We found all sorts of bugs … spiders, flies, beetles and finally some ants! They loved how fast and crazy they ran around. We saw tiny ants and some big, juicy ones.
- Then we glued our alphabet page. My 3-year-old wanted to write an A and spell “ANT” all by himself. I think he did pretty well! “TMA” is ANT backwards Then we glued on lots of plastic ants to our A page. I got my ants here and they’ve lasted a couple of years!
- Ant Restaurant … this ended up being the highlight of the day!
- Use a paper plate and write “ANT restaurant” in the center.
- Help your preschooler think of different foods the ants might like to try. We used a grape, cheese, cream cheese, banana slice, a sixlet , honey, peanut butter and a crouton.
- Make a guess! Which food will the ants like best? I guessed the banana. My 3-year-old guessed the chocolate Sixlet (his favorite!)
- Place the plate outside, in the shade, where you have seen ants before.
- We came back a few hours later and sure enough, there were ants in our restaurant! The kids were so excited!! They sat and watched those ants for a long time. Obviously they liked the honey best.
- Read Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg
- We read this before naptime.
- It is about two ants who decide to stay behind in the sugar bowl instead of following the rest of the ants back with their tasty crystals. Their adventure begins when a large scoop (a spoon) shovels them into a hot cup of coffee and they are almost poured into a large, dark cave (a mouth). They are tossed into the toaster, onto the kitchen faucet (a giant waterfall), down the garbage disposal and thrown out of an electrical socket. It’s a fun read seeing everything from the ant’s perspective.