Insect Theme Activities and FREE Printables: Book Pack GIVEAWAY

July 16, 2013

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Week at a Glance:

  • Insect Book Pack GIVEAWAY
  • Insect Watercolor Pencil Art
  • The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins
  • FREE printable book: I Like Bugs!

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY:

  • Bug Safari by Bon Barner
  • I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Bugs, Beetles, and Butterflies by Harriet Ziefert

Why we love these books:

To say my kiddos like bugs is an understatement! Collecting creepy crawly critters and observing them is one of their absolute favorite past times. Bug Safari is a book they act out almost daily. The book is a fun read but what I really like are the bug illustrations and facts in the back of the book. A perfect field guide for little ones (and big ones). The last page includes a diagram of the ant’s abdomen, thorax, head and legs. Bugs, Beetles and Butterflies share simple facts about bugs and also includes an illustrated glossary of the bugs featured in the book. I like Bugs is a fun little early reader. Between the three books, you’ll have a good variety of reading levels. Summer is a great time for creepy critter, bug investigations. Learning disguised as fun! The best!

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Insect Watercolor Pencil Art By Children

Let’s Start with a Little Artistic Expression!

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Watercolor Pencil Art by MacGyver, age 9

Supplies

  • Watercolor Pencils – My kiddos like to use watercolor pencils when painting intricate pictures. They can color small spaces with the pencils and then simply paint with water to create a watercolor effect. Give it a try, very cool!
  • Black Fine Tip Sharpie
  • Fine Tip Paint Brushes (variety of sizes desirable)
  • Watercolor Paper or Card-stock

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Watercolor Pencil Art by MacGyver, age 9

Step 1: Draw Insect with Sharpie

  • I know you think I’m crazy for letting my kids use Sharpies. Have no fear, I have modeled the appropriate ways to use Sharpies for special drawing projects. My children use Sharpies all of the time. However, I first modeled and supervised until I felt secure they knew all of the rules. The Sharpies are not readily available. It is an art supply they must request.
  • My children know they must always have a mat under their paper when drawing with Sharpies.
  • Sharpies are only used for drawing, not coloring.

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Watercolor Pencil Art by Miss Enigma, age 6

Step 2: Color Insect with Watercolor Pencils

  • Miss Enigma actually used MacGyver’s Insect Field Guide when drawing her butterfly. She wanted it to be an accurate drawing.

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Watercolor Pencil Art by MacGyver, age 9

Step 3: Paint Watercolor Pencil with Water

  • For intricate drawings, you’ll want a fine tip brush.

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

  • It is really neat how the pencils turn into watercolor with a little water.

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Watercolor Pencil Art by MacGyver, age 9 and Miss Enigma, age 6

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

I Like Bugs!

FREE printable book

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

If you are doing an Insect Theme Study you must checkout The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins! It is awesome! Jenkins features amazing collage art work of unique and fascinating beetles. I know it sounds weird but this book about bugs is beautiful. You need to see it for yourself. I bet you’ll even learn something as the book is packed with beetle facts.

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

I Like Bugs illustration by Miss Enigma, age 6

We used The Beetle Book as inspiration for our FREE printable book I Like Bugs. Miss Enigma took this little bug book much more serious than I expected. Look at her forest fire beetle. It is a pretty darn good replica! And I’m not just saying that because I’m her proud Mommy!

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Miss Enigma searched the pages of The Beetle Book for big bugs, little bugs, long skinny bugs, green bugs, red bugs . . . .

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

Print this book FREE: I Like Bugs!

 

Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

MacGyver doesn’t like bugs . . . he loves bugs!

Habitats for Children

He was literally turning his room into a Butterfly Room Habitat full of creepy crawly critters. That was before we helped him create a science exploration center in our backyard. His observations are amazing! I’ll share his little backyard science lab later this week. It’s any easy DIY project with serious learning impact!

kindergarten journal entry: bee

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Insect Theme Activities and FREE printables

We’re GIVING AWAY one Insect Book Pack

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries.

Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What fun learning activities are you exploring this summer?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, July 21, 2013

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, July 22, 2013. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

 

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Dianne July 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm

We are in the process of packing up to move 1300 miles away to a new state. So we have been learning about our new home and the area surrounding it in SW Utah.

Tara H July 17, 2013 at 9:50 am

Whew! We’ve just been doing everyday type learning. I had grand plans of some organized learning this summer but that hasn’t happened. :)

tammy c July 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

looking at the stars and understanding about the planets.

Jeannine July 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Good luck with the move Dianne!

Tara, I always have big ideas for the summer. Then summer hits and my grand plans turn into a dream. We have been entertained by MacGyver’s Backyard Science Center this summer. Learning disguised as fun!

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