As part of our look into minibeasts we set up a sensory tub on our sensory table with some shredded green paper in two different shades and a bunch of bugs. I bought two sets of the “Big Bunch of Bugs” on eBay but I have only used one set in the sensory tub. These things tend to be consumables I find. Hence the two sets in case some go missing.
Once I placed the various bugs into the sensory tub I found I had lost the praying mantis. He was well camouflaged (see if you can spot him in the pic below). I had a conversation with one young man about not being able to see the praying mantis because he was so well camouflaged. He said “Hmmm he’s easy to spot cos his eyes are red.” I said, “I bet you couldn’t find him if he closed his eyes.” He laughed and laughed. A few minutes later his mum came to pick him up to take him home. He stood in the doorway and closed his eyes and said “Ahahahaha you can’t see me cos I am camouflaged.” Seriously, I have never laughed so much in my life!
During our activity session we took the bugs to a table and used them to look at while we did a sketch of them. We used Artline 70 markers to draw with. These are my tools of choice quite often for drawing as the children just draw and don’t worry about making mistakes and rubbing out. If they really, really hate their drawing we decide together to throw it in the bin and start again. The other thing I love about the Artline markers is that they are permanent. If we want to paint some Edicol dye onto our drawings (which we will do with these) the marker won’t run and ruin our drawings.
I sat with this group as they were sketching and we talked a lot about the shapes and broke the picture down into small manageable parts. For example “Oh his head is like a squished oval” or “His body is like a big long sausage with a pointy end.” I started taking pictures of their drawings to post here and then had a lightbulb moment to include the bug they were sketching. I love the detail they put into their work.