Do your little learners love to do Bug Activities in the spring? Mine do, and we’re going to show you some of our favorite preschool bug theme ideas.
This awesome set is a mix of cute preschool bug crafts and educational activities for your math and literacy centers. They are hands on, and there is some fun science mixed in as well.
Would you like a peek at the amazing activities in this set? Check them out and tell me which ones are your favorites in a comment below.
Here is your look at this fun set:
Looking for the manipulatives we used with our Bug Activities? We’ve collected all the links for you in one easy place, and we may even get a small commission when you buy through these links. It’s a great way to support our blog at no cost to you.
BUG THEME ACTIVITIES
Bug Activites are a favorite of teachers and early educators everywhere. Kids’ love for bugs makes it easy to sneak in lots of math, literacy, and other learning in with the crafts, fine motor activities, and sensory play.
Bug Preschool Math Activities
There is no reason you can’t have fun and get in some movement and fine motor skills while working on math skills. These bug preschool math activities focus on counting, non standard measurement, and number sense while playing along the way.
Beehive Counting Game
The fun beehive counting game works with or without playdough, but playdough is just more fun. It also adds some extra fine motor practice to roll it out and make it into the shape of a hive.
Grasshopper Jumps Measuring
Non-standard measurement is an early math skill. We did it here with blocks to measure how high the grasshopper can jump. The best part, having a toy grasshopper to pretend play the jump with.
Ladybug Fine Motor Counting
There are several ways to do this fun counting activity. We chose to use black pom poms, but you could easily use buttons, black paper circles or playdough.
Caterpillar Subitizing Activity
Subitizing is an early math skill that kiddos need practice with. For this fun bug activity they are building caterpillars with the circles that represent the matching number.
Bug Attributes – Classify and Sort
This bug activity is a great way to add some preschool science as well as sorting data. My kids LOVE using the magnifying glass, and they are perfect for inspecting bugs for various attributes.
Worms in the Mud Counting
Worms are cool! We love finding them out in our yard and garden. For this counting activity we used plastic worms, but you can also buy rubber ones in the fishing supply area of your local Wal-mart or sport store.
Bug Preschool Literacy Activities
Games are a fantastic way to get kids engaged in learning. These bug preschool literacy activities focus on letter recognition and matching capital and lowercase letters.
Bee to Flower Letter Matching
One of my favorite things about this letter matching activity is the pretend play opportunity. We buzz while we fly our bees over the flowers, picking just the right one to land on.
Firefly Letter Match Folder Game
File folder games are a great, easy storage option in the classroom. This one is filled with letters in the night sky, waiting for their matching fireflies to find them.
Bug Crafts for Preschoolers
Lots of educators and teachers like to include bug crafts for preschoolers in their bug theme units. Here are a couple of great ideas for you.
B is for Butterfly Craft
This is such a fun preschool craft, and the best part is, there is a lot of room for creativity and cutting practice.
Ladybug Preschool Name Craft
Can I just say… Cutest Hat EVER!! This big eyed lady bug hat covers several fantastic preschool skills.
- Name Recognition and Spelling
- Cutting circles
- and Pretending to be a ladybug dramatic play.
More Preschool Bug Theme Printables
There are many more lessons beyond math and literacy for preschoolers and variety is important. Here are a few more preschool bug activity printables you can use in your centers or small groups.
Making Bug Shapes
We love making shapes with playdough. You can also make the outline with buttons and mini erasers, but playdough is a favorite around here.
Hatching Bugs Shape Bingo
Fun game alert! The shape leaves have bug eggs that are about to hatch. Spin the spinner to see which one is hatching next, and cover that leaf shape with a bug.
Observe & Draw Bug Science
This is another great preschool science activity for your bug unit. Again we are observing bugs up close and noticing their various attributes. There is a bit of counting here and a fun art project at the bottom.
Ladybug Color Matching
Ladybugs are so cute. Help these ones find their special leaf by matching the colors to their color names.
Bug Pattern Building Practice
Pattern practice is an important preschool skill. Kids start by copying a pattern, then continuing it. Finally they get to make some of their own. You can try those skills with this bug pattern game.
Bug Words Writing Center
These write-the-room word strips are a great way to practice early writing. Children can go on a bug hunt around the room trying to find all the bugs and record their names.
BUG ACTIVITIES PRESCHOOL WORKSHEETS
In addition to the hands-on bug preschool activities above, we also created 13 fun worksheets for you. These worksheets include tracing, scissor practice, counting, color-by-number, and more.
Bug Worksheets for Preschool – Math
Giving kids various ways to practice number sense is important. These bug worksheets for preschool are a great way to cover skills like number formation, counting, subitizing, and comparing numbers.
Bug Worksheets for Preschool – Literacy
In preschool, we are still learning letters and starting to work on high-frequency words like color names. You’ll get all of that in these literacy worksheets for your dinosaur preschool theme.
More Bug Worksheets for Preschool
You will also want to include other skill options for your preschoolers to work on like patterns, shapes, and maybe even coloring. Get that practice with these cute dinosaur worksheets for preschool.
More Bug Preschool Activities
You might also like: