Insect Play Around the Kindergarten!

Sometimes in the middle of a life crisis, a little spark of creativity can eek in.  This week I have been dealing with my daughter’s illness (numbness on the left side) and last night, fed-up, I took her to the ER.  On the suggestion of my daughter-in-law, I began video taping her symptoms with my iphone as documentation for the doctors.  Today, back at work, it occurred to me that I could document the children playing in my centers.  I wondered if could be valuable for you the reader.  My classroom is a very alive place and full of vibrant activity and while the photos can show one aspect – the actual experience has so many dimensions that a photo can never capture.

This week we are exploring the world of insects.  Below are video clips of two areas of play that currently include insects.  The excitement is quite distinct!  Watching the videos (both are very short) you will hear the multiple stories and little insect dramas unfolding around the room!!

Playdough Garden from Fairy Dust Teaching on Vimeo.

Insect Play from Fairy Dust Teaching on Vimeo.

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  1. Have been thinking of you and praying that your daughter will get better and that the numbness will go away. The activities you shared are so lovely…am sure it is hard to keep doing school and blog stuff when you are so concerned about her.
    Hope that she feels better soon.

  2. WOW! I just changed my sensory table today to add a garden and insects! The kids love it and I am doing a blog post about it. If anyone is interested you will have to check it out later this evening.

  3. MessyMissy says:

    Is the numbness extreme? As I massage therapist I can verify that there are certain muscular situation that can impinge a nerve to cause numbness. I hope that you find some solutions quickly….that’s a lot of stress for your family to be dealing with. Can I recommend some lavender oil? It’ll help calm you and center you as well (and your daughter).

  4. Thank you Colleen and Missy! We have had an spinal x-ray which showed no pinched nerve, we had a cat scan which showed no vascular issues and so tomorrow (yay!) we will have a MRI to rule out neurological issues. It is getting worse and now on the right side. Thank you so much for your care and suggestions. It means so much!


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