Welcome to my Insects Lesson Planning Page!
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Pre-K Printable Fun Insect Activities
- Create an indoor world for "Life Size" insects.
- Add items for insect "Dress Up": Wings, Insect Glasses, and Masks.
- Get a closer look at this life sized garden over at Miss Hope's Blog
- Create a place to study insects:
- In addition to pretend insects, you can also add a variety of items for children to view insects: Bug Viewers, Bug Houses, Tweezers, Magnifying Glasses, a Child Size Microscope, Photos of Insects (calendars work great for this), and Books about Insects. You can also add clip boards, writing tools, Lab Coats, Silk Flowers, and Photos of Scientists at work.
- Check out this clever entomology lab created by Mrs. Alexander's Ants
- Add Pretend Insects, plants, Items from Nature, Green & Brown Felt pieces, and Rocks. Add Insect Patterns for pattern blocks.
- Buggy World from Stimulating Learning
- Set up a bug enclosure in your learning environment for studying insects. This can be something as simple as a large plastic container with a lid (be sure to provide ventilation for extended viewing) or a large aquarium for students to add insects to for observation.
- Provide small containers and magnifying glasses for bug observation outdoors.
- Add skins from bugs that have molted to a tray with a magnifying glass for students to explore
- Create blueprints for a bug den and then build in the block area.
- Sort bugs by flying and non-flying (printable included in my Insects Activity Pack) using photographs or insects or insect counters. Find other ways to sort insects!
- Create a place for exploring insects outside. This fabulous outdoor bug exploration area belongs to Pre-K Fun Community Member Teresa Becker
- Add 3-part cards (included in my Insects Activity Pack) to the activity shelf for learning insect nomenclature.
- Hang posters that include pictures of insects and vocabulary describing the different parts of insects.
- Set out the CVC Sorting Mat with the -ug words (which includes the word bug)
- Be sure to provide and read lots of books about insects this week. Include books that can be used as reference when children have questions about books (this is a great time for children to learn that information can be found in books), fun story books about bugs, books with photographs of real insects, and easy to read books about insects for early readers.
- Here are some of my favorite books about insects!
Bugs Galore by Peter Stein
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
Ultimate Bugopedia (National Geographic Kids) by Darlyne Murawski
Are You a Grasshopper? by Judy Allen
- Add a variety of insect stickers, stamps and stencils to your art space this week.
- Set up an invitation to create an insect! Some items you might include:
A variety of shapes cut out of card stock
brads for connecting the pieces
chenille sticks (for legs)
googly eyes or eye stickers
- Invite preschoolers to paint by dipping plastic insects into paint and then stamping or dragging across paper
- Trace the preschooler on a large piece of paper, invite them to turn their outline into an insect by adding extra legs and antennae.
- Invite your preschooler to paint using a fly swatter! This is a great exploration to set up outdoors. Provide shallow dishes of washable tempera paint, fly swatters, and a large piece of butcher paper or poster board.
- Make Ants on a Log for snack
- Get preschoolers moving their body from head to toe! Invite your preschoolers to move their body like different insects. Use large colorful pictures if available, or simply announce an insect for them to move like. Give the preschoolers a chance to announce insects as well. Be sure to encourage movement that engages the whole body!
- Follow the Insect Leader: Play a version of Follow the Leader, in this version the leader announces an insect and then mimics the behavior of that insect as the rest follow.
- Set up an invitation to make insects from play dough. Some materials to consider: small twigs, chenille sticks, googly eyes, parts from a Cootie game,
- Set up a sensory invitation! This Insect Sensory Bin was created by Pre-K Fun community member Erica P. of Erica's Educare Learning Center. Give a big workout to small hands by adding small tweezers for preschoolers to pick the bugs out.
- Set up a simple bug hotel outside! Start with an empty flower pot, wooden box, or other large container that can be laid on it's side. Make layers using a variety of materials such as dead wood, straw, hay, leaves, bark, twigs, and fresh cut flowers. Come back to the bug hotel often to see what kind of creatures have checked in! As students are observing point out the different layers, see if different types of insects have checked into different types of materials. **Provide magnifying glasses and clipboards with pencils for observing and recording data about the bug hotel!
- Invite preschoolers to set up life sized bug habitats outdoors! Preschoolers can then pretend to be bugs themselves.
- Go on a bug hunt! Gather clipboards, crayons, and magnifying classes then go on a walk or explore your outdoor play space to see what kind of creatures can be found! Students can record their data by writing or drawing a picture. Consider creating a simple checklist to go along with this activity.
- Play What bug am I? Provide cards with pictures of insects (print or draw your own). Preschoolers take turns drawing an insect card, without showing their peers they act like that insect and see if their peers can guess which insect they are.
- Play Cootie or Ants in Pants
- Set up a bug hunt in the classroom. Hide plastic bugs or photographs in the classroom for students to search for. Give students each a collection jar or container to collect their insects. Once they have found all the insects invite everyone to share and compare their finds! **Get creative! Bring in large rocks (or simply cut some out of paper), or sticks, pretend grass etc. to hide bugs in or around. Consider having children work in pairs to find the insects.
Related Pre-K Printable Fun Products
Insect Activity Pack
This 52 page printable Pre-Kactivity pack contains the following 19 Insect related activities:
Bug Color Clip
Catch a Bug Game
Bug Shape Sort mats
I spy bug matching
Bug Cutting Practice
Ladybug Letter Match
Ladybug Count and Clip Cards
Firefly Counting Mats (1-10)
Firefly Counting Mats (1-10) with Frames
Lady Bug Spots Counting Mat
Color Bug Sorting
Bug Size Sorting
Colored Ladybugs Pom Pom Match
Praying Mantis Lifecycle Match Up
Parts of a Praying Mantis
Does it fly science sorting mat
Picnic Activity Pack
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Going on a picnic in the Summer is such a fun activity! This pack explores Ants, Watermelons, and Sandwiches!Inside each of my activity packs you will find an assortment of easy to assemble printable activities. You can easily turn these activities into a variety of hands on learning centers. Use them to create tot trays or file folder games.
Help the children in your care learn literacy skills, and math skills. Some of the skills covered in this pack are: colors, shapes uppercase and lowercase letter identification, one to one correspondence, counting, and ordering numbers 1-10.
Inside this 66-Page Printable Activity pack you will find the following 23 activities:
*Watermelon Shape Clip Cards
*Picnic Color Matching Puzzles
*Watermelon number match up
*Roll and color a picnic activity
*Watermelon uppercase and lowercase letter matching file folder activity
*Ants at the Picnic Count and Clip Cards
*Picnic Puzzles 1-10 & 11-20
*Watermelon counting mats 1-10 with frames
*Watermelon counting mats 1-10 without frames
*Watermelon & Picnic Basket Play Dough Counting Mats
*Ant counting mats 1-10 without frames
*Ant Size Ordering Activity
*Picnic Patterning Activity
*Eating a watermelon sequencing strip
*Watermelon Life Cycle
*An Ant Life cycle Book
*Parts of a watermelon
*Parts of an ant
*Ant Match up
*At the picnic I spy…
*Build a sandwich sequencing activity
*Build a sandwich sequencing activity
Also includes Cover, Directions, TOS, and Graphics Credit
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Caterpillar and Butterfly Activity Pack
This 62-page Tot & Pre-K Activity pack includes the following activities 21:
Catch a butterfly counting cards 1-10
Butterfly Counting Mats with Frames and Counters
Bug Jar Counting Practice 1-20
Butterfly Shape Clip Cards
Caterpillar Color Puzzles
What did the Caterpillar eat? Roll and Graph
Caterpillar & Butterfly Matching
Butterfly Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Puzzles
Roll a Butterfly
Flip and Find Letter Match
Find and punch Letter Match
Count and Clip Cards 1-12
Sorting by Size Activity
Butterfly Life Cycle
Caterpillar & Butterfly Gross Motor Activity
Butterfly 3-Part Cards
Butterfly word wall Cards
Caterpillar Patterning Activity
Flowers and Bees Activity Pack
This 69 page activity pack includes 21 games and activities for your preschool Flowers and Bees theme:
Bee Shape Clip Cards
Bee & Hive Shape Matching Mat
Flower Petal Color Matching Mats
Petal Matching Cards
Flower Color & roll game
Bee & Beehive Number Matching Cards
Fine Motor Pre-Writing/Cutting Practice Activities
Bumble Bee Seek and Find File folder game
Flower & Bees Count & Clip Cards
Beehive Counting Mats (1-10) with Frames and Counters
Beehive Counting Mats
(1-10) with blank Frames
Petal Counting Mat 1-20
Parts of a Flower
Bee Life Cycle
Growing a Flower Sequence
Parts of a Bee
Flower and Bee word wall cards
Flower and Bee 3-Part Cards
Also includes Directions, Cover, TOS, Graphics Credit
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Beehive Number Sorting Mats
Explore numeral recognition, number words, and one-to-one correspondence with this fun math set!
This set includes:
- Beehive Number Mats
- Number word puzzle pieces
- Bee counting puzzle pieces
Also Includes: Assembly Directions, TOS, Graphics Credit and Contact Information
Other Resources from Around the Web
Grasshopper Craft from Learn to Create Love
Ladybug Crafts from Housing a Forest
Bug Play Dough Invitation from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Bug Fossils in Play Dough From Plain Vanilla Mom
Insect Movement and Yoga Ideas from Pink Oatmeal
Make a Roly Poly Habitat from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Insects in Jello from Simple Fun for Kids
Ladybug Number Game from Housing a Forest
Insect Sensory Bin from Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes
Create an Insect Hotel from Teach Beside Me
Bug and Slime Sensory Experience from Craftulate