Under the Big Top and Painted Ladies

 

Just Clowning Around
Just Clowning Around

 

 

As we finish up our school year, we end with our Circus Theme (my favorite!)

This is a super-fun way to end the year, focusing on gross motor skills, and all-around silliness!

In addition, because of a slight mix-up, we received our painted lady caterpillars a tad late, and we hoped and hoped they would become butterflies in time! End-of -the- school -year miracles DO happen, and we are happy to report all 6 butterflies are zipping around the butterfly house. We are excited to release them on the last day of school.

First, our butterflies….

 

All 6 caterpillars formed chrysalises
All 6 caterpillars formed chrysalises

We were ever-so-gentle studying these ladies, and our preschoolers learned a new big word: metamorphosis!

Then we waited and waited, until….

 

painted lady

Watching our painted ladies

They loved watching the butterflies drink using their proboscis. Better than Netflix 😉

 

On to the Circus…

The Circus came to KT and fun was had by all! We tested our strength lifting “heavy” barbells, worked on hand-eye coordination with a clown can knock-down, tested our balance on the “tightrope,” enjoyed some face painting, and used up some of our “it’s almost summer” excess energy!

Power lifter!Tightrope!Knock-downFace painting

 

Our fine motor skills also got put to the test using Wikki Stix during free choice time. If you have never played with them, they are fun and perfect for little hands! Get more info, and some great play ideas, here.

Unfortunately, sometimes, even the teachers start having too much fun, and forget to snap a picture of some of the cool creations we made….except this one:

Dino

We also practiced following multi-step directions, using multiple mediums (whew! We are getting SO big!)  for our clown face craft, similar to these:

 

Finally, we found some new great books to read and discuss, all about the Circus. Below are a few of our favorites.

Little Monkey Says Good NightPeter Spier's Circus! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

 

It’s hard to believe this is the last week of school!

 

Even with school out for the summer, we will be busy re-organizing and cleaning the classroom, and sprucing up our Outdoor Classroom.

Check back often for new ideas for Summer Fun and be on the lookout for KT Rocks at a playground near you.  😉

 

Keep Playing!

~Suzanne