I recently shared a roundup of activities related to butterflies, and while butterflies are great, they aren’t the only bugs we should be paying attention to or learning about. So now I bring you bug learning activities having to do with bees, ladybugs, praying mantises and more!
Learning about Bugs
You might be able to find some bugs to observe in the dirt in your own backyard or playground. This super simple “experiment” from Go Science Kids gives you permission to get a little dirty while you’re learning.
I had no idea that you could buy ladybug larvae, but apparently that’s a thing, so you can buy them and raise them to learn about their life cycle as well. Learn more at Crafty Moms Share.
Or you can purchase mealworms and keep them in the classroom or at home. There’s a great lesson outline and printable worksheets for tracking the bugs at Teaching Ideas.
Why not create a cricket habitat and learn about nocturnal animals? Check out this idea at Capri Plus 3.
Bug Learning Activities
Match colors on the backs of bugs with this printable pom pom matching activity from Artsy Craftsy Mom.
Grab some cute bug coloring pages from Red Ted Art.
Learn about the life cycle of a praying mantis with this printable lapbook from Darcy and Brian.
The Wise Owl Factory has a little printable book all about bugs that kids can color and fill in the blanks as they learn.
Homeschool Preschool has printables related to the life cycle of a bee and other bee activities you can purchase.
Bring a little more STEM into your bug adventures by making light up bugs with playdough. Learn how at Mama Smiles.
Why not play games with bugs? Here’s a bug bingo from Nature Inspired Learning, which has eight different cards to use.
Or try a bug I-spy with this printable from And Next Comes L.
This Catch a Bug printable game from Picklebums is super cute and you can play it in different ways to learn different things.
Get on your feet and move like a bug with insect movement dice from Taming Little Monsters.