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Montessori-Inspired Mosquito Life Cycle 3-Part Cards

Montessori-Inspired Mosquito Life Cycle 3-Part Cards // In Our Pond // homeschool // life cycle // school // summer // learning opportunity // montessori at home

When Dragonfly (age 6) found out that female mosquitoes use the blood they take from humans to nurture their babies, she decided that being bitten by a mosquito wasn't very bad.  She speaks very tenderly about them and gets very happy when they're near her.  I anticipate this changing very soon, but I wanted to capitalize on her interest by creating these Montessori-inspired 3-part cards.

Montessori-Inspired Mosquito Life Cycle 3-Part Cards // In Our Pond // homeschool // life cycle // school // summer // learning opportunity // montessori at home

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After you've put in your email address into the box, check your inbox for the confirmation email.  Open the email and click on the button to confirm your subscription.  You'll get a second email with a link to download the printable.  Download the PDF from the protected page.  Print the first two pages twice and laminate them for long-term use.  Then, cut out all the cards and separate them by sets.  Leave one set of cards exactly as they are- with the picture and label attached.  With the second set of cards, cut the label off the pictures to make two piece.  The card with a picture and label, the card with just a picture, and the card with the label now make the three parts of the traditional Montessori 3-part cards.  They can also match the Safari Ltd Dinosaur Skulls toob animals to the picture cards or label the figurines with the cards.  The child can also spell out the words with a movable alphabet like printable cards or shaped letters.

The pictures came from Wikimedia Commons and are from a few different types of mosquito breeds.  I have included male and female cards to show that male mosquitoes drink flower nectar and females drink blood.  The cards are match the Safari Ltd Life Cycle set.

Last summer, my daughter, Dragonfly, became very interested in mosquitoes.  She forgave them for every bite, after learning that the female mosquitoes only take blood to feed their families.  It was interesting for all of us to learn about the life cycle and how to help prevent their reproduction (less standing water, etc).  Although mosquitoes are not a popular insect to study, they are common.  Here are a few resources if your own children start asking questions.






A study of mosquitoes could lead to their place in the food chain.  Or perhaps a look at preventing and treating mosquito bites.  Or diseases carried by mosquitoes and why they carry them.  I also highly recommend this mosquito life cycle book for kids.  It talks simply, but in detail about mosquitoes, their anatomy, and their life.



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