This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is reading books by one of my favorite nonfiction children’s authors, Gail Gibbons. Earlier this month I shared some ideas for using books by Gail Gibbons to inspire a little summer learning. Today I’m excited to share the activities we did for this theme.
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Although we love many of the books by Gail Gibbons, it was very easy to choose Ladybugs as our book for this month. We’ve always been fans of ladybugs. Tinker’s first birthday was even a ladybug theme. (I couldn’t help but add a couple pictures of her party at the very end of this post, if you’d like to take a peak. She’s grown so much! )
Earlier this spring we also found tons of ladybugs around our home. We’ve been collecting, observing, and releasing them ever since. If you aren’t able to find ladybugs nearby, you can also order live ladybugs online. We did this for Tinker’s birthday, and all of the kids enjoyed it.
Ladybug Small World
We created a simple ladybug small world after reading the book a few times. Then we used the small world for pretend play and to retell main facts about ladybugs and the ladybug life cycle.
- Ladybug Life Cycle Stages 4-Piece Set
- Miniature ladybug toys
- Leaves (real and fake)
- Fake red flowers
Ladybug Invitation to Create
One morning I also set up this invitation to create. The kids used glue and the materials below to create different collages. I always enjoy seeing their creations!
- Card stock
- Tissue paper squares
- Red jewels
- Assorted ribbon pieces
- Small pompoms
Get a Full Week of Insect Theme Learning and Play
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Editable Name Bug Activity
2) Counting Insect Parts Diagram and Math Activity
3) Here is the Insect Emergent Reader (3 Variations)
4) Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet and Hand Lens Letter Cards
5) Insect Life Cycle Recording Sheet
6) Insect Counting Puzzles (3 Variations)
7) Insect Patterning Cards
8) Insect Roll and Graph Games (2 Versions)
9) Insect Build A Word Mats
10) Lightning Bug Numbers Counting Activity
11) Insect Size Sorting Activity
12) Insect or Not an Insect Sorting Activity
Get Your Copy
Now that we’ve shared our activities with you, we’re excited to see what you came up with! Please link up your Gail Gibbons inspired posts to the blog hop linky below.
- Link up only posts inspired by Gail Gibbons’ books that share book inspired crafts, activities, recipes, etc. Any other posts will be deleted.
- Visit other blog posts on the linky and comment on or share the ones you love!
- Add our Virtual Book Club button to your post if you’d like.
Stop by and check out some of the other blogs that participate in The Virtual Book Club for Kids. Toddler Approved – Rainy Day Mum – Adventures in Reading with Kids – 3 Dinosaurs – Royal Baloo – The Educators’ Spin On It – Inspiration Laboratories – Pleasantest Thing – Edventures with Kids – Two Big Two Little – Playing With Words 365 – Kitchen Counter Chronicles – Outlaw Mom – Mommy and Me Book Club – Crafty Moms Share – No Twiddle Twaddle – The Good Long Road – Ready. Set. Read 2 Me – Reading Confetti – Mama Smiles – Juggling with Kids– Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas – Creekside Learning – Creative Family Fun – The Usual Mayhem – Teach Preschool – PlayDrMom – CraftoArt – Here Come the Girls – Being a Conscious Parent – Smiling like Sunshine – Crayon Freckles – Train Up a Child – Smile Play Learn – Enchanted Homeschooling Mom – Coffee Cups and Crayons – Having Fun at Chelle’s House– Love, Play, Learn – Juggling With Kids – Motherhood on a Dime – Growing Book By Book – This Reading Mama
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