After a long winter (in the
North) we always enjoy doing an insect unit and talking about all the
different kinds of bugs that return to our back yards.
Language & Literacy
Caterpillars, Bugs & Butterflies (Take Along Guide)
A Bug's World (Magic Windows Touch and Feel)
I Love Bugs!
The Best Bug Parade (MathStart 1)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: board book & CD
The Very Quiet Cricket
The Grouchy Ladybug
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Bug Guess Who: Collect
a variety of pictures of different types of bugs. Set them out for the
children to see. Give the children a verbal description of the different
bugs and see of they can figure out which bug you are describing. This
helps children with visual discrimination skills, and recognizing details.
Where Do Bugs Live:
Use the nature sticker story book or any other book you can find about
bugs, and discuss where bugs live with the children. Use some
plastic bugs for props.
Create Your Own Bug:
Provide children with a copy of a print out of an empty jar.
Instruct them to draw any kind of bug they want inside it, it can be a
real or imaginary bug. Have them describe their bug to you, what
does it do, what is it called, and any other special characteristics it
the pictures together to create a class or group bug story.
Songs, Poems, &
(Sung to Head and Shoulders, Knees and
Head and thorax, abdomen, abdomen
Head and thorax, abdomen, abdomen
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 legs (count
out three fingers on each side of you as if they are the legs sticking out
of the bugs body)
Head and thorax, abdomen, abdomen!
Math & Number Concepts
Bug Sort: Provide the children with a bunch of bug counters. Learning Resources Backyard Bugs Counters, Set Of 72 They can
be used for sorting, patterning, and
Bug Jar Collection
Supplies: Copies of an empty jar picture. Many bug
stickers! DAZZLE STICKERS BUGS 90-PK
Directions: Have the kids put bug stickers in the jar for
their own bug collection...we will talk about each kind of bug and special
facts we know about it. You may also wish to turn this into a
counting book activity: Make many copies of the jar and number the pages
1-10 or 20 and have kids put that many bugs in the jar on each page.
Bug Matching, Patterning,
Using stickers, a bulletin board set
(Carson-Dellosa) or clip art, create some bug matching cards.
Laminate them for protection.
Directions: Play concentration and then make patterns like
ladybug, fly, grasshopper,- ladybug, fly, _____? Have kids pick what comes
next. Sort the bugs next. Sort them by kind, color, and
features like flying bugs and crawling bugs, let kids think of other ways
to sort them.
Bug Numbers SWAT!:
Program bug shapes with numbers and hang
them on a wall, provide children with fly swatters that have a whole cut
in the middle of them. Have them take turns swatting the bugs and
telling you what number is on the bug. I demonstrate to the children
how they can swat the bug and then see the number through the swatter.
Sometimes we draw number cards I have made to see which bug the child
Supplies: Sheet of paper number 1-10 or 1-5 for younger kids.
Stamp pads, and markers.
Directions: Have the kids put the correct number of finger prints
next to each number. Then show them how to draw legs and wings to
make them look like bugs.
Pictures: Have the children make a few "fingerprint
bugs" (see small motor activities) on a piece of paper.
Let them dip a clean fly-swatter in paint and slap the bugs on their
Art Bugs: Provide children with various craft supplies to create
one of a kind bug sculptures. Egg cartons, pipe cleaners, buttons, craft
Plaster of Paris Lady
Supplies: Plaster of Paris mix, plastic spoons, red paint, black
paint, small safety pins, wiggly eyes, glue, and opt. wikki sticks or black
Directions: Mix plaster of Paris and pour onto spoons. Place
a safety pin back on the plaster so that it will be able to open.
Allow to dry. Remove from spoon and let kids paint red. Then
add black dots. Glue on eyes, and other bug paraphernalia. This
project could be more open ended if desired and give kids different
colored paint to invent their own bug. We made Lady Bugs to go along
with the story.
Entomology Lab- Set up a bug
lab! Have some white lab coats (men's oxford shirts work well), a
microscope, plastic bugs, bug jars, a clip board with note paper, and bug
Music & Movement
Bug Waltz- Dance like bugs to classical music. Talk with
the students about how bugs look when they fly around and land on things.
Dragon Fly Musical Chairs- Play some upbeat music and
stop it periodically, encourage all the children to "land" on
a chair. Make this a cooperative game be encouraging the children to
work together to get everyone on a chair as the chairs disappear. (Also
could use hula hoops)
Bugs: Freeze plastic bugs in ice cubes and place them in the
discovery table. Fill the discovery table with water for some water
Look at Bugs under
the Microscope: You can purchase inexpensive ones from school
supply stores like Discount School
Talk about the parts of a bug. Head,
thorax, abdomen, wings, legs (most bugs have 6 legs spiders have 8) etc.
Outdoor Bug Hunt!
if the weather is no good hide plastic bugs around the room. Provide
children with butterfly nets, bug containers, and a bug identification
Bug Podz Habitat
Blocks & Building
Stick Bug Stickers on blocks for the children to use in
the block and building area.
Puzzles, Games &
Carson Dellosa FLOOR PUZZLE COUNTING BUGS - 24 pieces
Let's Explore the Jungle with Buzzy
I fabulous resource for all you want to know about BUGS!! Lots of teacher
resources, online games, and products. PLUS YOU CAN BUY LIVE BUGS FROM
Create an Edible Bug!-
Hi Ho crackers, PNB, trail mix, and pretzels. Let the kids spread peanut
butter on the crackers and then they can add pieces of the trail mix and
pretzels to make an edible bug!
Ants on a Log -
celery with peanut butter and raisins on top.
Ticks on a Toilet
Seat- Peel and core apples. Cut horizontally so you have
donut shaped apple slices. Smear with PNB and sprinkle chocolate
chips on top. (Opt. -fill the center with whip cream died yellow
with food coloring)
Carson Dellosa BUGS & SPOTS POP APART BORDER - 3' x 3" - 12 pieces/set
Butterfly House (Bug Cage)