We enjoy creating opportunities for learning that come from a child's idea. After watching a few ants in the yard, my daughter decided she wanted to make an Ant for her Egg Carton Craft. I gave her the supplies and she went to work. She knew she wanted legs, antennae and eyes for her ant. She needed a little bit of help to start a few holes for the pipe cleaners but that was about it. She played with the ant all afternoon once she created it, and I found her singing the "Ants Go Marching" song as she was playing. She asked how do you spell "Ant" and I saw this as a teachable moment!
Here's where I want to give my little "Teacher's Spin On" Playtime. Sometimes play is just play and it's so important for children to have opportunities throughout their day for imaginary play.
There are sometimes that you can build upon your child's play and artwork to make it a teachable moment. We took the opportunity to learn more about Ants and the letter A with the activity. We found the song, The Ants Go Marching song online to print out. While I was there I noticed a little math activity for Ants, so I just clicked print on that too. Now we have environmental print added into our playtime and math added to our playtime. I had her draw a picture of the ant she created and I wrote the text A is for Ant and then she wrote her own upper case and lower case A.
Here are The Educators' Spin On It we encourage you to take a simple art project and turn it into a learning opportunity. You can incorporate fine motor skills, literacy, writing, math and science all into an art project and make it an overall hands on experience that is developmentally appropriate for your child.
Ant Resources to Print
Activity Sheet for Ant Numbers
The Ants Go Marching Printable Song Sheet
Ant Observation Sheet
Ant Life Cycle
Little Black Ant Song by Sharon McDonald
Counting Ants" Itty Bitty Book & Lesson Plan
Anatomy of an Ant
We hope you've enjoyed Our Spin On how to extend Egg Carton Crafts into Learning fun!
I've discovered that you can make almost anything from an egg carton. It's truly up to your child's imagination how many things they can discover and create with a few simple supplies: paper, markers, feathers, pipe cleaners, or paint. Animals, Modes of Transportation, Concepts in Nature all can be created with a recycled Egg Carton.
Here's are some of my favorite Egg Carton Crafts that I discovered while searching for you. Check all the creative bloggers that are linking up below too, get inspired!
Bunny Chick Caterpillar Butterfly Ladybug Bee Crab Lobster Turtle Fish Jellyfish Alligator Pig Elephant Bird
Bat Spider Turkey Christmas Tree Snowman Heart
Boat Bus Firetruck Train
Tree Flowers Tulips Nest
I wonder what new species we can discover with the rest of our egg cartons?
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