I love to do crafts and have cute handouts and activities for church (and school, and friends, and - well you get the idea). I don't consider myself creative, but often use the help of others' talents. I decided to share what I'm doing for others just like me. It may be a link to where I found something or it might even be something *I* created. Right now I work as a paraprofessional at my kids' elementary - in special ed (autism). I started creating items for my 3rd graders this year and can't wait to share them with you. I am the 1st counselor in YW (first time in YW is this past year). I also have ideas for cub scouts and sunbeams posted, my previous callings.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

I Am Thankful for Birds and Insects (Primary Manual 1, Lesson 13)

Sunbeam Lesson 13: I Am Thankful for Birds and Insects

This is another fun lesson I have done in the past.  First I make binoculars.  You can do this with two empty toilet paper rolls or two rolled up pieces of cardstock.  Glue them together and punch a hole in each side.  Tie some string or yarn through the holes so that they can hang from their neck.  I also print bug jars and insects from my Primary Partners CD.  I did find one similar on Sugar Doodle (but the insects are different): http://c586449.r49.cf2.rackcdn.com/bugjar.pdf.  I cut out the jar and staple a Ziploc bag to it.  I color around each insect with marker.  Same insect = same color (all the bees are yellow, the crickets green, etc.).  I put painters tape rolled on the back covered with a piece of wax paper.  The wax paper removes easily and it is much faster to hang them with tape on them.  Before class I hang the bugs and insects around the classroom.  The kids come in and sit in their seats.  I give them their binoculars and then we start the lesson (after prayer of course). 

I bring in a lot of Eric Carle Books: The Very Hungry Catepillar, The Very Quiet Crickets, The Very Busy Spider, The Bad Tempered Lady Bug.  Plus I use the activities in the book for the bee, spider, and butterfly.  

First we talk about birds at the beginning of the lesson.  Then we move to the insects.  I read a story (for example The Very Quiet Cricket) and then I tell them to use their binoculars and go find a cricket to put in their jar.  I also tell them what color the cricket is.  There is a story or activity for each insect.  The kids love it!

Our page for our creation book:
It is hard to see but the top of this page is blue and the bottom is green.  I used their finger to make lady bugs, bees, a butterfly and a caterpillar.  When it is dry add details with a sharpie. If you need more of an explanation of how they were made leave me a comment.  If you click on the picture it should enlarge for you. Here are some more examples:

As I finish the other lessons I will post the links here: 
For lesson 15 click here
Cover and Labels click here

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