Bugs and Garden Critters preschool and kindergarten activities, crafts, games, and lessons. Garden critters, worms, snails, ladybugs, bees, caterpillars and butterflies are the focus of these preschool lesson plans and activities. Learn all about the critters that wiggle their way through the dirt and buzz around the garden! Together with your children, you will explore nature and the environment that surrounds us. Preschool and kindergarten children will participate in hands-on science lessons, garden critter investigations and activities, and arts and crafts projects. They also will have some creepy crawly fun with our engaging games and preschool activities, all while gaining a deeper appreciation for these little creatures. So, have everyone put on their bugologist hats and get out their magnifying glasses for a garden critter-friendly hunt and much more!
In your sand table add some fake grass, some artificial plants and leaves, a fake spiderweb, and a supply of plastic bugs.
Play Dough Center (Activity and printables available inside our Kidssoup Resource Libary)
Place pictures of bugs and insects on the wall. Let children create different bugs with play dough.
Provide children with some deluted paint and paintbrushes. Demonstrate how to dip the paintbrush inside the paint and let the paint drip or dab the paint on one half of the paper to make small dots. Then fold the paper in half and smooth the surface and open it up to let it dry. Let children draw antennae, legs, and wings on their bugs.
Every insect has six legs, (Hold up six fingers.)
And some of them have wings. (Hold hands out and waggle fingers like wings.)
Some have antennae on their heads, (Hold two fingers up to head.)
And some of them will sting! Ouch! (Tap your palm sharply with one finger.)
Going on a Animal-Friendly Bug Hunt
Choose a safe place to look for bugs with children: a section of a park, part of a yard, or part of the school playground. Clip a piece of paper on to clipboards that children can use to write and draw on during the hunt. Attach a pencil with string to each clipboard. Place a set of magnifying glasses in a basket to take along on the hunt.
Tell children that they will be going on a bug hunt. Discuss with children where we can find bugs (under rocks, in the grass, under leaves, in the soil, etc.). Explain that it is a bug-friendly bug hunt which means that the bugs can be observed but not disturbed. Explain to children that touching the bugs can damage their delicate wings and body parts.
Note: Explain to children that animals that are soft-bodied and without legs are not usually considered to be bugs. Worms belong to a phylum called Annelida. Slugs and snails belong to the phylum Mollusca.
Bug Hunt (Concentration Game)
Use a set of bug stickers. Attach one set of the bug stickers on to a piece of paper. Write the title "Bugs and More" to the top of the paper. Place each sticker of the second set on its own card. Let children choose a card and try to find the matching bug on the "Bugs and More" paper.
Make bug cards by adding 1-10 bugs on 10 cards. On the back of the cards write the matching number. Hold up a card and let children call out the number of bugs on the card. Turn the card over to see if they were correct.
Bug Counting Cards (Activity and printables available inside our Kidssoup Resource Libary)
Bugs and Bees Counting
Spray paint some beans yellow, and then use a black marker to draw stripes to make bees. Print out some flower shapes and write the numbers 1-10 on the flowers. Let children place the matching number of bees on each flower.
Bees Number Recognition Activity (Activity and printables available inside our Kidssoup Resource Libary)
This fun bee number recognition game can be played in a large group or be used in your math corner. The children pick a bee card, count the bees, and place a bee counter on the flower with the matching number.
Have children pretend to be different bugs and walk around the room by walking on all fours. For the spider let them first sit on the floor and then walk on all fours with the belly up.
Ladybug, ladybug, (Move fingers.)
Let me see you crawl, (Crawl slowly on all fours.)
Hurry after those harmful bugs (Move quickly on all fours.)
But be careful, do not fall! (Fall over.)
Ladybug Egg Cup Craft
Cut apart some egg carton cups. Paint egg carton cups red and let dry. Cut a pipe cleaner into three sections and fold a piece in half to make the antennae. Glue the antennae and a black pom-pom on to the egg carton cup.
Provide children with a chair and some fake spiderwebs. Instruct children to create a spiderweb by stretching the web around the chair. Add a plastic spider and a supply of plastic bugs in a bowl. Let children place the bugs inside the spiderweb and remove them again before the spider eats them.
Five Little Ladybugs (printables and more ladybugs activities available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library)
Five little Ladybugs climbing up a door,
One flew a way, and then there were four.
Four little ladybugs sitting on a tree,
One flew away, and then there were three.
Three little ladybugs landed on a shoe,
One flew away, and then there were two.
Two little ladybugs looking for some fun,
One flew away, and then there was one.
One little ladybug sitting in the sun,
She flew away, and then there were none.
Ladybug or other Bugs Rocks
What you need:
Paint in red, black, yellow, and gray
A collection of smooth, round rocks
What you do:
Let each child pick a rock to paint with a bug pattern. Have children paint one curved end of their rocks black to make the heads of their bugs. Then, have them paint the rest of their rocks to match a bug body pattern. Good choices are ladybugs (red with black spots), bees (black and yellow stripes), and roly-polys (segments of gray separated with black lines).
Once the paint has dried, let children glue googly eyes to the "head" parts of their rocks to finish their bugs.
Bugs Are Crawling
Adapted by Jolanda Garcia
Bugs are crawling on the ground
And onto my shoe without a sound.
Up my shin and to my knee,
Creepy bugs are all over me!
Tickle, tickle . . . ooh, please don't bite!
Look for another hiding spot, all right?
Insects All Around
Original Author Unknown
(Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
Ladybugs and butterflies,
Buzzing bees up in the sky,
Teeny, tiny little ants,
Crawling up and down the plants,
Many insects can be found,
In the sky and on the ground.
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