Insects

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Bug theme ideas and activities for teaching and learning about bugs and insects in preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten.

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Insect and Bug Literacy Activities

Buzz! Alphabet Identification Game
Buzz Alphabet Identification Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
Both the upper and lower case versions of this game are available {black and white or color} in the Insect Literacy Packet located in the printables section below. Students will take turns drawing a card, identifying the letter, and marking it on their recording sheet. When the Buzz! card is drawn all the students say “Buzz!” This activity also includes two recording sheets, one for uppercase letters and one for lowercase letters.

Insect Sight Word Mats
insect mats
Setting: Small Group, Literacy Centers
Objective: Identifying Sight Words
Materials: Bug Accents, permanent marker, lamination film, magnetic letters
Directions: Write a different sight word on each bug accent with a permanent marker. Laminate the accents for durability. Place a basket or tub of magnetic letters in the center of the table. Students will spell the sight words out on the mats with magnetic letters.

Ladybug Rhyming Game
Ladybug Rhyming Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
Students will match rhyming “spots” on their ladybug mats in this small group game available in the Insect Literacy Packet below.

Insect Beginning Sounds
Insect Beginning Sounds Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
Students attach clothespins with letters to the pictures that have the corresponding beginning sounds. There is also a black and white recording sheet included with this activity. The beginning sounds activity is available in the Insect Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Insect Mini Word Charts
Printable Insect Mini Word Charts for #preschool and #kindergarten
The printable word charts are available in the Insect Literacy Packet available in the printables section below.

Insect Read and Write around the Room Activity
Insect Read and Write around the Room Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
This fun read and write around the room activity is available in the Insect Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Insect Word Cards
Insect Word Wall Cards for #preschool and #kindergarten
These word cards can be used to expand vocabulary, they are available in the Insect Literacy Packet in the printables section below.

Insect Pocket Chart
Insect Pocket Chart Cards for #preschool and #kindergarten
The predictable text in this pocket chart set will help your students learn concepts of print such as left to right directionality, return sweep, one-to-one correspondence, and more. This activity is available in the Insect Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Insect Emergent Reader
Printable Insect Emergent Reader for #preschool and #kindergarten
The predictable text in this book is designed to support your emergent readers. Use this book to reinforce concepts of print such as words are separated by spaces, left to right and top to bottom, written words match spoken words, common sight words, and more. The insect emergent reader is available in the Insect Literacy Packet located in the printables section below.

Insect Syllable Game
Insect Syllable Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
Students identify the pictures and the number of syllables in each word. This activity is available in the Insect Literacy Packet located in the printables section below and includes a black and white recording sheet.

Insect and Bug Math Activities

Insect Graphing Activity
Insect Graphing Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
The graphing activity is available in the Insect Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Butterfly Races
Printable Butterfly Races Board Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
Available in the Insect Math Packet located in the printables section below, this activity will help build number sense and one to one correspondence. Students will roll a die and move their playing piece towards the flower.

Insect Patterns
Insect Pattern Activity for #preschool and #kindergarten
This printable insect pattern activity can be found in the Insect Math Packet available in the printables section below.

Insect Board Game
Printable Insect Board Game for #preschool and #kindergarten
This printable board game can be found in the Insect Math Packet below.

Buzz! Number Game
Buzz Number Identification Game (0-20) for #preschool and #kindergarten
This game is available {in black and white or color} in the Insect Math Packet located in the printables section below. The Buzz! Number Identification game can be played using numbers 0-10 or numbers 0-20 depending on your student’s ability levels. The playing cards are available in black and white and color for your convenience. Also included are two printable recording sheets in black and white, one for each version of the game.

Insect Play Dough Counting Mats
Insect Play Dough Counting Mats for #preschool and #kindergarten
Develop fine motor and counting skills at the same time! These printable play dough counting mats are available in the Insect Math Packet below.

In the Tall, Tall Grass Counting Activity
in the tall tall grass outside
In the Tall Tall Grass inside
Materials: green construction paper, scissors, bug stamps or stickers, glue stick, “In the Tall Tall Grass” label
Read the book In the Tall, Tall Grass to your students. Take a 9×12 piece of green construction paper and fold the bottom up 1/4, hot-dog style. Next, allow your students to fringe the 1/4 flap with scissors or pre-cut it if they are too young. Print out the book title on a piece of paper, one title for each student and have them glue it to the bottom front. Print the fill in the blank sentence and have students glue it to the top. Allow students to place bug stamps or stickers on the paper behind the fringe. When pulled down, the bugs will appear to be “hiding” In the Tall, Tall Grass. Have students record the number of bugs in the blank.

Printable Insect Counting Book
Printable Insect Counting Book 1-5 #preschool and #kindergarten
This easy to assemble book helps reinforce number sense and counting. The Insect Counting Book is available in the Insect Math Packet located in the printables section below.

Insect Counting Book Template {Free}
insect counting book
insect counting book 2
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: concepts of print, number sense, number identification
*This is a crossover activity meaning it integrates literacy and math*
Materials: bug stamps, “I Can See Bugs” booklet template- one per child, available in the printables section below.
Directions: Students “read” the sentences on each page using their knowledge of numbers and sight words for support. Students stamp the appropriate number of insects on each page.

Insect Counting 1-5 {Free Template}

Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: 1:1 correspondence
Materials: 1-5 counting grid- one per child (template available in printables section below), insect stickers or stamps
Directions: Give each child in the small group a counting grid sheet. Place the insect stickers or stamps in the center of the table in a container so all students can easily reach them. The students will place the correct number of stickers next to each number on the counting grid.

Insect Patterns {Free Template}
insect patterns
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objective: Patterning
Materials: Patterning grid- one per child (template available in printables section below), insect stickers or stamps
Directions: Give each child in the small group one patterning grid. Place the stickers or stamps in the center of the table in a container so all students can easily reach them. The students will use the stickers or stamps to create a pattern on the grid.

Bee 1:1 Game {Free}
bee one to one
Setting: Small Group, Math Centers
Objectives: 1:1 correspondence
Materials: Bee 1:1 mats- one per student in small group (available in printables section below), bee erasers, yellow pom-poms, or bee playing pieces (available in printables section below)
Directions: Print the 1:1 bee mats on cardstock and laminate. Give each student in the small group a mat. Place the bee erasers, yellow pom-poms, or bee playing pieces in the center of the table in a container so they are easily accessible to all students. Each student takes a turn rolling the die and putting the corresponding number of bees on their mat. When there is one bee on each beehive on the mat the students have successfully completed the game.

Fun Insect Activities

Coffee Filter Butterflies
coffee filter butterfly
Materials: pipe cleaners, coffee filters, Crayola watercolor markers, spray bottle of water, clothespins.
Give each student a coffee filter and markers. Ask students to color their coffee filter with the markers. Next, moisten the coffee filters by allowing the students to spray them with water from a spray bottle. Cut the pipe cleaners in half and put the pipe cleaner into the clothespin (see picture). Next, push the dry coffee filter into the clothespin.

Paper Plate Butterfly Life Cycle
Materials: white paper plates- 9 inch, four kinds of uncooked pasta: orzo, large shell, rotini, bowtie, glue, watercolors, Crayola markers, one black marker.
With the black marker, draw lines to divide each plate into four equal sections. Then label the outer edge of each section with a different stage of development; Egg, Caterpillar, Chrysalis, and Butterfly. Glue the orzo pasta in the section to represent the egg. Glue the rotini in the section to represent the caterpillar. Glue the large shell pasta in the section to represent the chrysalis, and finally, glue the bowtie pasta in the section to represent the butterfly. Add leaves and flowers to the sections and paint the pasta with watercolors.

Paint Splat Butterflies
Materials: tempera paint- various colors, construction paper, scissors, butterfly tracer.
Trace a butterfly shape on to construction paper. Next, cut out the shape and place a dab of paint in middle and fold the paper in half. When opened the paint will have created a beautiful butterfly!

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