Bugs and Garden Critters Preschool Activities and Crafts

Bugs and insects activities and lessons for preschool and kindergarten

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!  

Samples of our bugs, insects, and gardent critters preschool activities, crafts, and games available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library:

Themes and Projects

Ladybugs Lesson Ideas
Snails Lesson Ideas
Butterfly Life Cycle Lesson Plan


Potato Print Ladybugs
Critter Sculptures
Bee Finger Puppet

Activities and Lessons

Interactive Garden Critters Life Cycle Board
Hungry Snails Letter Matching
W for Worm Cut and Paste


Spiders Math Concepts
Bugs in a Jar Number Sense
Bees or Butterflies Numbers Recognition Activity

Science and Exploration

Worms The Garden's Best Friends (Science)
Interactive Garden Critters Life Cycle Board
Bug Alphabet Photo Cards


Hungry Snails Letter Matching
Snail Shell Shapes
Butterfly Symmetry Game


Gross Motor Butterfly Life Cycle Movement Activity
Ladybug Toss Game
Critter Hunt Sensory Table

Booklets and Other

Garden Critters Weekly Plan
Butterfly Life Cycle Story Book
Who’s that Garden Critter? Story Book


Garden Critters: I spy with my eye...
Smug the Ladybug -ug Word Family Words Writing
Fly the Bees Back to the Beehive Tracing

In The Classroom

Who’s that Garden Critter? Lesson
Bugs in a Jar - Preschool Lesson
Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee
Free Bugs and Insects Crafts, Activities, Rhymes, and Printables

Bugs and More Learning Center Ideas 

Small World Play Area

In your sand table add some fake grass, some artificial plants and leaves, a fake spiderweb, and a supply of plastic bugs. 

Fine Motor Skills

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. 

preschool bugs fine motor skills activity and printables
Preschool Activities: 


Art Center

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. 

Bugs and Insects Learning Activities and Games

by Barrie Teague Alguire

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. 

Bugs Counting
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)

Preschool bug counting activity and printables
Preschool Activities: 

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.

preschool bee number sense activity and printable
Preschool Activities: 

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.


Preschool bee number recognition activity and printable
Preschool Activities: 

Bug Walk 
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.

Garden Critters Preschool Weekly Plan and Activities

Ladybugs Activities and Games

Ladybug, Ladybug

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. 

preschool ladybug craft and activity
Preschool Activities: 

Spiders and Bugs Activities and Games

Spider Web
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.


Bugs and Insects Coloring Pages and Worksheets for Preschool and Kindergarten

beetle coloring
Ladybug Face Draw
What's a Bug website
ladybug booklet

Five Little Ladybugs (printables and more ladybugs activities available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library)

Five Little Ladybugs preschool felt story and printables
Preschool Activities: 

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

Googly eyes



rock bugs

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 Rhymes:

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.

Bugs and Insects Books:

The Best Book of Bugs

Eliza and the Dragonfly 
The Icky Bug Alphabet Book In the Tall, Tall Grass (An Owlet Book) Bugs (Animotion) The Grouchy Ladybug



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