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.
You have been asking where I got the bugs and magnifying glass manipulatives to use with this set. Here’ s a list of items I used. You can also check your local dollar store. They may have bugs and magnifying glasses as well.
- Magnifying Glass – Bug Catching Pretend Play Kit
- Melissa and Doug Bugs
- Realistic Looking Bugs
- Bug Finger Puppets
- Plastic Worms
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Bug Activities for Preschool
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 Worksheets
In addition to these awesome bug activities, I also created some no prep worksheets for extra practice. These worksheets are fun and include coloring, tracing and other preschool skills. Have a quick look at some of the bug worksheets in this set.