Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bird Beaks and Caterpillar Camouflage

  We used our "beaks" to catch some "caterpillars hiding in the grass". You can do this activity while studying Birds or camouflage.

Aims of Lesson:
  • To discuss how birds use their beaks 
  • Discuss caterpillars use camouflage to hide from predators
Book Suggestions:
  • If you are focusing on different butterflies and caterpillars then use the book A Butterfly Is Patient. because it's entire inside cover is covered in illustration of different colored caterpillars.
  • If discussing birds the use the book Beaks!
Materials:
  • Clothespin for each child 
  • Fake grass from Silk Flower Aisle in Dollar Store
  • Multi-colored pipe cleaners cut into 1 inch pieces
  • Glue and crayons
  • paper
Procedure:
  1. Look through some books on caterpillars and see their different colors.   Or look through some bird books and read how birds use beaks.
  2. After teacher "hides" caterpillars in grass, each kids takes turns catching the caterpillars.
  3. Draw the correct camouflage for the caterpillars you find (red flowers for red caterpillars, green caterpillars in grass, etc)




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