Make and play with Venus Fly Traps

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The Venus Fly Trap has to be one of the coolest plants to check out in preschool. After a discussion in our classroom on this rather unique plant, we made a simple paper plate Venus Fly Trap and then used them to catch a few bugs in our sensory center…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool

Our discussion was kicked off by our Scholastic magazine’s coverage of the Venus Fly Trap…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool 2

Then the children headed to our outdoor classroom to make their own paper plate Venus Fly Traps. They started by cutting around the edges of a green paper plate…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool 3

Then they folded their paper plate in half and added eyes or other features to complete their hungry plants…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool 5

Then the children took their bug eating plants over to feed them at the bug/rice sensory table…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool 8

We had lots of Venus Fly Trap pretend play going on all throughout the morning…

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And lots of squeezing fly traps and pinching up rice and bugs – some great fine motor strengthening through our play…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool 6

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

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