The boys loved this movie the first day they saw it. Not only did this movie bring up discussions about how they are uniquely special, but they also learned about catepillars, cocoons and metamorphisis. They also loved loved the snail!
Well, I learned a great startegy to help my children capture lessons from good books. http://www.Scholastic.com suggest doing a craft activity related to the book. We did one for Hermie.
-Fuzzy Balls (for the eyes)
-Gauze (for the cacoon)
My husband, my sons and I each decorated a clothespin to look like a caterpillar. My oldest son’s catepillar had stripes, my other son wanted his to look just like Hermie. We glued on the fuzzy balls for the eyes. We then wrapped the “catepillars” up with gauze, as the cocoon. I then took everyone’s cocoon and taped it on a “tree” that I cut out from construction paper and taped it to the wall. We then discussed how the catepillar would turn into a butterfly.
When the boys went to sleep I took out the decorative tissue and cut it and pasted to the “catepillar” for the wings and taped it back on the “tree”. The next morning the boys were so amazed to see their own butterflies.
This activity was a great family craft made for very good discussions with the boys.
They learned about:
How special they each are
I am also learning to look for the opportunity to learn in any experience. Raising and teaching my kids has filled me with much more curiosity than I had before and made me more observant. I know that as a result they will be more curious and observant individuals, and as a result life long learners.
Let me know if you watch the movie and/or read the book and what you think of it.