This week our theme was bugs.

There were a lot of grumbles when the kids tasted crickets and mealworms! But overall it was another successful day.

We started with costumes. The kids made head bands in their chosen bug. We had a bee, two praying mantis and a butterfly. 

Next the children made a mud pie. (Click here for the recipe and scroll to M).

Then we had a bug hunt. I set a timer for one minute. Each child had to grab a plastic tub and fill it with as many bugs as they could. When the time was up we identified their bugs and read information about them.

After, we headed into the garden for a ‘real life’ bug hunt. We filled a plastic bottle with mud and foliage. Then we put in some worms. We wrapped it in dark paper and placed it in a cool place. Over the following few days we watched the worms in action, dragging nutrients down into the soil.

It was time for a well earned lunch break. We had caterpillar rolls, ants on a log, beetles, and stick insects (twiglets)! The butterflies are banana and oat pancakes which they had for breakfast (click here for the recipe and scroll to B).

After lunch was an art lesson. We looked at this wonderful selection of bug artists from the arty teacher. Then we printed some work by Rosalind Monks for the kids to colour in.

Next we tasted our edible critters! This pack was only £2.99 and came with great info cards about the future of insect eating. Most of us struggled to eat them, but one of the children couldn’t get enough!

We had a dance party in the kitchen.

And made our own bug fact file, cutting out insect articles from old copies of ‘The Week Junior‘, and copying critters from books.

Last of all we decorated a carrot caterpillar cake. I’ve often struggled with making carrot cake but this recipe came out beautifully.

For dinner we had ‘wormy noodles.’ This is my go to meal for using up left over roast chicken or pork.

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