Exploring insects with young children is exciting. This 52-page activity pack includes a variety of Math, Literacy, Fine Motor, and Science activities perfect for creating centers, file folder activities, or morning work for the preschool aged children in your care.
This activity pack contains the following 19 Insect related activities:
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Bug Color Clip Cards
Preschoolers can practice color recognition and matching by identifying the magnifying glass color and then clipping the bug of the same color on the bottom of the card.
Catch a Bug Game
This roll and play game is fun to play independently or with a partner. Roll the playing cube then add the rolled insect to the jar.
I Spy Bug Matching
Get up close and personal with these insects! Study the image and match it to one of the bug cards.
Bug Cutting Practice
Practice following a line from left to right for pre-writing practice. Add in scissor development by cutting along the lines after.
Ladybug Letter Match
This ladybug is covered in letters! Fill in the spots with black pom poms; flip a card, identify the letter and mark the matching letter on the back of the ladybug.
1-10 Number Puzzle
Preschoolers can practice recognizing numbers from 1-10 and placing them in order. When the numbers are correctly placed in order a photo of an insect will be revealed.
11-20 Number Puzzle
Preschoolers working on numbers up to 20 can put their skills to the test with this number puzzle.
Firefly Counting Mats (1-10)
These mats are perfect to pair with colorful pom poms! Identify the number on the page and fill the jar with "fireflies" for some counting fun.
Firefly Counting Mats (1-10) with Frames
Preschoolers can practice working with a ten frame, counting, and number recognition with these counting mats.
Lady Bug Spots Counting Mat
This number mat is a great way for young children to practice counting, adding, and number recognition.
Try laminating and using with black play dough.
Color Bug Sorting
Spy some colorful bugs and match them up to the same color magnifying glass.
Bug Size Sorting
Insects come in all sizes!
Place these grasshoppers in order from smallest to largest. To encourage more sorting by size print multiple pages of the insect cards.
Colored Ladybugs Pom Pom Match
Pom poms are great for fine motor development! Add colorful pom poms to these cards to encourage your preschooler to practice color recognition and hand-eye-coordination.
Praying Mantis Life Cycle Match Up
Introduce the life cycle of a praying mantis to your preschooler! This activity can be laminated for repeat use or used as a cut and paste activity.
Parts of a Praying Mantis
Learn about the parts of an insect with this praying mantis poster.
Does it Fly science sorting mat
Your preschooler may be surprised to learn not all insects fly!
Study the images and determine if each insect can fly.
Insect 3-Part Cards
Nomenclature cards are a fun way for children to learn that print carries a message. Print off two sets of these cards, then separate the words from the pictures on one set. Children can then match the pictures and words.
Or use as a fun matching game using plastic insects.
Get those little brains working with this set of 8 buggy puzzles.
These are perfect for little ones beginning to master puzzles. Since they are straight edges preschoolers have to really look for the clues to find out which pieces go together. Some are easily mixed up if preschoolers are quick to just look for colors, they need to examine the parts of the insect to make sure they have it just right!
**Teacher Tip: This is an excellent opportunity to talk about the parts of an insect! "Do you see the thorax (abdomen, antennae, head)?" "Are all 6 legs present?" "How did you know those pieces went together?"
Ladybugs Count and Clip Cards
Does counting get any cuter than this? Count the number of ladybugs on the leaf, then clip the appropriate number. In this activity students are practicing one-to-one correspondence, numeral recognition, cardinality, and working on fine motor development.
Bug Shape Sorting Game
Practice shape recognition with this fun game. Preschoolers match-up bug shapes to the jar with the same shape.
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