E loves butterflies. And since she got over her fear of ants, she pretty much likes all kinds of bugs. She is fascinated by them, as are most children. I put together this felt board to teach the different parts of a butterfly. The only thing missing are the legs, I thought she'd just loose 6 tiny felt legs.
Even though E can't read, I have labels for each part. She enjoys placing the labels on the picture. She usually says the right body part, but doesn't have the correct label.
The other new material I have made recently is the sound cylinders. I made these out of baby food jars. I gave them a good spray painting, and filled them with different items from my pantry. I have 6 different pairs. Inside are things like cornmeal, dried beans, oats, and rice. I measured them so the amount in each is the same. E loves this work, and gets so excited when she finds a matching pair.
Next up on my list of things to make are the metal insets. I'm planning on tracing our geometric cabinet shapes and making the insets out of cardboard. E has been interested in tracing things recently, so I think it's time to start!