Sam and Avery helped me to prepare for a job that I am doing this coming weekend. I coordinate the children's workshop portion of the Midwest Renewable Energy Associations annual Energy Fair. The fair is up in Custer, WI and 20,000+ people will filter through the three days of the fair. It is an AMAZING experience for anyone even remotely interested in renewable energy or sustainable living practices. I love being a part of it.
This year I am doing double duty I am running the children's workshop tent and I am doing a preschool education program. I will be teaching them all about bugs! A great book and art kind of presentation. I have a whole list of books that I am bringing, a couple of which I will read to them at the start of the program and many more that I will simply keep on the tables for them to use as inspiration.
And for the art portion they will be making any number of wonderful recycled art insect creations!
Spiders. Yes, I know they aren't really insects but I thought there might be some boys that would like making spiders.
I think it will be a lot of fun for the 2-5 year old crowd! If you are at the Energy Fair stop by and say HI!!
The Nitty Gritty!
Yes, Sam did help with the painting and putting together of the insects! I chose the ones that I had a bit more of a hand in to photograph and take to the Fair as examples...shoot me for wanting cuter ones sitting on the tables at the Fair! All the insects and the flowers that I had photos of on this post were made out of egg cartons. Super simple and very fun for little kids to paint and play with. The last caterpillar was particularly fun for Sam because it could wiggle around, it is strung onto a piece of yarn. The hardest part of making all of these is poking the holes for the yarn or pipe cleaners. I used a "bead ramer", which I am sure is the technical term, to make the holes.