Bugs, insects, minibeasts, creepy crawlies – however you refer to them in your part of the world all children love learning about them! There are so many ideas that pop into my head as a teacher/parent when I think about this theme and the many creatures it covers!
It’s not just the different creatures BUT also the many areas of learning that you can cover too – life cycles, food chains, habitats and so on!
Whilst you plan, check out my teacher tried and tested activities below! Be sure to grab the free printable activity too!
Whether you choose to plan for just a day or a week you will find plenty of ideas here for all areas of learning.
You can find more themes to support you with your planning on the Preschool Themes Page.
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|When I taught our Bug and Insects theme I set up various activities in the maths center –
My learners had access to:
TEACHER TIP: Use different types of clips with the counting cards. This will help develop fine motor skills alongside number sense skills. You might like to use these ladybug clips to encourage children to count.
|I also used this insect book to help teach counting! ‘The Icky Bug Counting Book ‘ teaches preschoolers to count beyond 10 whilst teaching them interesting facts about all the bugs. Ideal for a circle time activity, bedtime story or homeschooling!
Finally, you might also be interested in these resources to help teach number sense skills:
There are lots of activities that you can do for this subject area – tracing words, pencil skills, initial letter sounds, visual discrimination and so on. Here are some of the activities I used in my setting:
|I also used this visual discrimination activity that is free in my TPT Store! Click here to download a copy!
I also used differentiated pencil control sheets depending on my the abilities of my learners:
Here are some other resources and activities you might want to include:
I like puzzles. They encourage my learners to think and increase their resilience to independently solve problems. This activity will also assist the development of hand-eye coordination and enhancing memory skills.
There’s a few ideas that you could use to support dramatic play in your educational setting or home.
- dress up as different insects and move like them
- create a picnic with plastic bugs that could sabotage the outdoor fun
- create an entomology lab and pretend to be an entomologist!
Here are some ideas for props and resources that may help you support dramatic play:
In my setting we created this bug and insect craft! It was a headband that the children stuck pictures of creatures on. This printable is free if you would like to use it. Just click here for a copy of the Bug and Insect craft!
TEACHER TIP: Have the children make their headbands and wear them on a bug hunt in the yard!
I also like to use Pinterest as my muse for coming up with craft ideas for Bugs and Insects. Click the image to visit my Bugs and Insects board:
|Scissor skill development is an important life skill and helps develop the fine motor muscles in the hand which helps with pencil control
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