Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring Math and Science Centers

Science Center - Hungry Caterpillar/Garden Vegetables vocab. cards and butterfly sequence cards
Science Center - bug and garden books, color sensory bottles, spring/bug puzzles, bean seed and flower exploration bowl, spring match game, flower petal sorting game, rain stick, ruler, stones and pebbles
I found these wood/styrofoam grass boxes at hobby lobby..they were part of a display and the manager gave three of them to me for free!  Students can poke flowers into the foam (fine motor) and make their own arrangements (creative expression).  I also have one of these grass foam boxes in my sensory garden tub.  I made some see identification mini posters with seed packets and actual seeds (clear tape over the seeds). They go with a seed sort game (not pictured).  
These yellow plastic bottles are awesome! The top is a magnifying glass and they students can take them out to the playground to collect items from nature to observe in the center later. They came in my Lakeshore science kit.. I think it came with about 10 of the bottles. 
Flower petal counting.. the petals are from the craft/bead area in Hobby cube tray..magnifying glass..and I also put tweezers with it for fine motor.
Rain stick for April showers!
Math Center - "5 Little Honeybees" book/other books about counting bugs or vegetables,  measurement game with mini cubes, counting mats, Fly to the Nest board game, manipulatives for measuring (that is our math topic for this week). 
The counting mats, flowers, and ladybugs came from Lakeshore..the Hungry Caterpillar buckets came from the dollar aisle at Target : ) 
Hungry Caterpillar story sequencing and counting card..these little stick on hooks are removable  and do not leave a mark on the the cards can slip out of the hooks so students can arrange them in order! 
In puzzles center we have a large Hungry Caterpillar floor puzzle, Hungry Caterpillar  that has a matching card game inside (bought on clearance at Books-a-Million!), and insect/vegetable/spring wooden puzzles. 

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