a Noise like a Grasshopper
Materials: jumbo craft sticks, plastic
Grasshoppers have very strong back legs for
hopping great lengths compared to their body size. Their front legs are used
for holding on to grasses and other plants. The middle set of legs help them to
Some male grasshoppers sing or chirp by rubbing
their back legs across their front wings. Each species has its own song that is
recognized by the female of that species.
(A grasshopper’s ears are on its legs.)
If your site has a green space, take the
children outside during August or September to hunt for grasshoppers. A
plastic cage lined with grass and kept out of the direct sun is a good home for
captive grasshoppers. The children can observe their grasshoppers for a
few days and then release them.
books to share are Grasshoppers
by Cheryl Coughlan or Grasshopper by
Karen Hartley (Heinemann Bug Books).
Let the child choose a craft stick and a
Show them how to rub the stick against
the comb’s teeth.
Take the children outside to a grassy
area if possible and let them sing and hop like grasshoppers.
NE Early Learning Science Outcomes:
- Toddlers -
child develops scientific knowledge through active exploration of the
develops understanding of simple cause and effect relationships Ages 3 – 5
makes observations and describes objects and processes in the
interest in active investigation Connecting Children to Nature – carefully
observes items in nature and describes what has been observed
Head Start Child Outcomes Framework
- begins to
use senses and a variety of tools and simple measuring devices to gather
information, investigate materials
processes and relationships
knowledge of and abilities to observe, describe, discuss the natural
world, materials, living things and natural processes
Fontenelle Nature Association
Science in the Early Years-Natural Science
Programming for the Very Young