Continuing in the theme of the butterfly during handwork this week the children made sweet little yarn butterflies. (These would look nice on a nature table, or parents could add a safety pin and wear it as a brooch!) This was a good time to see how adept the children are with their fine motor skills by stringing beads on a wire for the body. The kids also wound the yarn around their hand (for the wings) which was good to see where they are with their hand/eye coordination.
- Each child used about a four inch piece of 24 gauge wire and bent it in half
- Then they picked out four glass beads for the body and strung them onto one half of the wire
- Using about a yard and a half of yarn, the children wrapped the yarn around their hand and then gently slid their hand out not to disrupt the wool "wings"
- Next, slide the yarn between the empty piece of wire and the other side with the beads
- Twist the yarn at the top (I needed to help all my preschoolers with this step) and form antennae
- Fluff out the wool wings...and ...done.
Later in the week was symmetry painting.
We brought a big word into our conversation...symmetry. I was impressed at how many children already knew what this was. We talked about symmetry found on our own bodies as well as that of other animals and insects, but especially the butterfly. On our morning walks around the block, the children delighted in finding symmetry in the world around us. So, in our second day of handwork we made a quick painting by adding drops of paint to our paper, then folding it in half to see symmetry work.
It had been a very long time since I had done this kind of painting and had forgotten how much fun it is.