Spring is here and Insects & Bugs are sure to follow. Now is the perfect time for kids to learn all about them with some free insect printables! My kids love chasing all the little creepy crawlies around and seeing where they live, hide, and play. Sometimes they even venture inside with them. Of course, I quickly usher them back out to the wild, but for a short while they love to show me what they’ve found.
If your preschooler is anxious to learn more about bugs and insects, then you’re in luck. Preschoolers love to get hands-on with their learning. As parents, there are many things we can do to make learning much more exciting for our kids. It really comes down to will power and a little creativity. Here are my tips for teaching preschoolers about bugs and insects.
Do a Little Digging
One of my favorite ways tor teaching about bugs and insects is by doing a little digging. I pick up marked down garden tools after the spring season is over. I store them until spring hits next year.
When the earth unfreezes and our little bug and insect friends start coming out, we start digging. There is nothing more fun than actually getting down into the dirt and playing with those bugs.
Let them Identify Bugs
Something really fun about the bug world is that there is a lot to identify. As your preschooler finds bugs, work hard to help them identify what kind of bugs they are. This may take some time to look up each bug that your child finds, but it is so much fun to see the wheel in the brain turning.
Over time, your preschooler will learn all the basic names for the bugs and then they’ll go into learning about more specific bugs. Identifying bugs is a fun part of teaching preschoolers about the creepy crawlies.
Learn All the Bug Facts
Preschoolers love to learn about different facts. You are guaranteed to impress a preschooler or two when you tell them a few facts. Here are some really cool facts about a few bugs to help pique their interest.
- There are believed to be around 6-10 million bugs.
- There are more kinds of beetles in the world than there are plants.
- There are 8,800 species of ants in the world.
- A bee can fly up to 60 miles in one day.
Purchase a Bug Catcher or Make Your Own
One of the best ways to observe and learn about bugs and insects it to purchase a big catcher or make your own. While you can dig for bugs in the ground, it’s so much fun to catch bugs and observe them.
Being able to observe the bugs will teach your preschooler so much. This is another hands-on activity that can help your child learn so much that books will never be able to teach them.
Head to the Library to Stock Up on Bug Books
Head to the library and go on a mission. Your mission is to only find bug books. No other books are allowed!
Get books that your preschooler can see pictures, but also grab other kinds of books. Get books you can read with your preschooler. Get informational books and fictional books.
Spend time each day reading about books. Your preschoolers are going to learn a ton and so are you. Make sure you ask questions about what you read. Comprehension is just as important as the reading part.
Spend Time Working on these Free Insect Printables
If you have a pre-k student that is really wanting to dive into learning even more about bugs and insects, then I have the perfect printables for you.
These free insect printables are designed to help your preschooler practice learning about bugs with prewriting practice pages, activities, and puzzles to help them learn while they have fun.
This printable allows you to give your child a chance to put what they have learned into action. This is something tangible that you can use to help your child understand WHAT they have learned about bugs.
Insects & Bugs Tot & PreK-K Pack Includes:
- Wall Word Cards
- Prewriting Practice
- Clip Cards
- Letter coloring page
- Beginning Sounds
- Word tracing
- Read, Trace, Build Write pages
- 3-part cards
- What comes next? sequencing practice
- Which one is different?
- Patterning practice
- Graph and Roll game
- Dot Marker Pages
What I love about these free insect printables is that they can be used in conjunction with my other Free Insects & Bugs printables, or just use them as a fun-day project! Don’t miss all my other Tot Packs and Emergent Readers!!
Our themed Emergent Readers are the perfect addition to any curriculum or unit study on insects and bugs. Kids can work through all four levels as they progress and improve in their reading skills.
Insects & Bugs Emergent Readers Include:
- 4 levels in both color and black & white
- Easy sight word/single word reader
- Short sentence reader
- Sentence reader with traceable words
- Fill-in-the-blank reader
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Little ones love to learn and explore. If you’re learning about insects and bugs this year, don’t miss the super cute Tot Pack geared toward children ages 2-5 years old. And if you have budding readers, the Insects & Bugs Emergent Readers are perfect for kids PreK-3rd grade!
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