Insect Activities That will Excite Your Kids

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Find lots of fun insect activities for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs themed learning centers.


Insects don’t have to be scary and gross.  Make the study of insects and bugs exciting with this collection of fun insect-themed activities for your kiddos.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Caterpillar Pattern Craft Activity

Combine math, craft, and fine motor skills activities while making these simple caterpillar pattern activities.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Insect Theme Invitation to Play

Gather a variety of materials into a divided tray.  Add playdough.  Then stand back and watch kids create with this fun bit themed playdough invitation to play.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Bug and Insect Number Activities

There are so different ways that you can use this Bug & Insect Number resource from my store.

  • Sort the cute fireflies by color
  • Use number cards for number recognition and counting activities
  • Work on simple addition

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Butterfly Invitation to Play

I love gathering thematic materials to create an invitation to play.  Colored beads, flowers, and plastic butterflies can be used to create a fun butterfly theme playdough tray.  Your kids will love this open-ended creative activity.

Butterfly Matching Activity

Here is another butterfly activity. Kids can match butterfly halves with this butterfly matching activity that is found in my store.  It’s a great visual discrimination activity.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Insect Theme Books

Are you looking for new books about creepy crawlies?  Here is a nice list of bug and insect books for kids.

Here are some of the best bug and insect books for your kids. Your kids will love these selections.  Use them in your class library, in your science area or at circle time. Butterflies, bees, caterpillars, beetles, ladybugs, and more. These books are a great addition to your bugs and insects theme, butterfly theme, outdoor theme, or camping theme unit and lesson plans in your preschool and pre-k classroom. Learn fun facts about insects, life cycles and honey bees. #preschool #prek

Entomology Lab Dramatic Play

Create an insect research lab in your classroom.  Kids can collect insect specimens, measure them and observe them.  Don’t forget to provide opportunities to record their data.  Your little scientists will have so much fun when you transform your dramatic play area into an entomology lab.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Counting and Sorting Insects

Kids will enjoy sorting a variety of insects into sorting containers.  Muffin tins, egg cartons, and ice cube trays can be used.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

I found this inexpensive divided box with the fishing gear at my local Wal-mart.  I think it’s a great bug sorting tool.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Design an Insect Habitat

Gather a variety of materials from silk flowers to colored beads.  Let your kids design a habitat for plastic insects.  They can then pretend to conduct research as they observe the insects and record the data.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Caterpillar Pattern Activities

Kids can identify and complete the pattern in this hands-on caterpillar patterning activity found in the store.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Butterfly Symmetry Activity

Using this free butterfly printable to introduce the concept of symmetry.  Kids can design the wings on one half of a butterfly and use a mirror to complete the butterfly.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Bumblebee Literacy Clip Cards

Work on alphabet matching and beginning sounds with these bumblebee clip cards from the store.  This activity is easily adapted for different learners.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Ten Frame Activities

Use this free ten frame printable and some fun insect stickers to make a DIY insect math activity.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Creepy Crawly Sensory Bin

Let your kids catch insects in the sensory bin.  Use Easter grass, plastic insects, tweezers, and clear containers.  Check out this sensory materials ideas list to get even more ideas for your sensory bin.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Make Number Books

Use fun buggy stickers to create thematic number books.  These printable books can be found in my store, but you can easily make your own.

Find lots of fun insect activities & ideas for your preschool and pre-k classroom. These activities are perfect for your insects & bugs theme, Spring theme, or outdoor theme units and lesson plans. From lady bugs to the Very Hungry Caterpillar you will find science, circle time, gross motor, sensory bins, dramatic play, literacy activities, math activities and craft ideas featuring insects and bugs. Kids will have so much fun learn about insects and their life cycles. #preschool

Additional Activities

I hope that you and your kids have fun with these insect activities.  Do you have additional ideas for activities for an insects and bugs theme?  Please share them in the comments below.

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