I found those two books at the library, that were great! Not only they had great pictures, but everything was explained in a very easy to understand manner, that even my little one was able to grasp lots from it! But mostly it was a fun way for her to learn vocabulary and see real life pictures of nature at work. It's always a great opportunity to talk about the Creator of all things as well :)
After reading those books, we played with this wood puzzle bellow, which was perfect to reinforce some of the vocabulary we had talked about. I've found that wood puzzles are a great way for little ones to learn vocabulary! It's amazing what the combination of touching, seeing and hearing can do to a child's mind. Part of the reason I enjoy Montessori methods so much.
She even got stickers as a prize for her "excellent work!" She LOVES getting stickers! It's a huge reward for her.
After that we played a "weather memory game" that became more like, "finding the matching card" game...hehe...not a lot of "memory" involved! But she just LOVED finding the matching card and then would tell me what it represented. Again, just a fun way to reinforce all the things we had learned that day.
We attempted to make a little "home" for it from what we had read with things we had inside the house already. As a kid, I used to love collecting these bugs and playing with them! One time I even decided that they would be my "pet" so I took a bunch home and added to my mother's pots of plants inside our apartment. Don't have to mention she wasn't too happy about it when she found them all over the house!
We ended up putting it outside, and I found another one to show her how they turn into a little ball.
And this was just a great way to kick-start our Spring learning activities! V had a fun time playing and learning about all of these things, and kept talking about rollie pollie and lightning for quite a while. It's amazing to see how she's not at all scared whenever we have really rough weather (and let me tell yah...they can get pretty rough around here!), and she usually just tells me in a very "matter-of-fact" way, "that was a loud thunder!...it's raining a lot!" and she'll want to just be starring at the back door or window. I'm amazed because I was always scared of storms and still am! But I guess, lucky for her, she took after daddy on this! But it's cute to see her vocabulary growing and her being able to express herself better and describe to us all of her new discoveries as she learns more and more about this amazing world around her that our God has made.