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25 Awesome Bug Activities For Kids

Bug Kid Activities

Do your kids love bugs? Then look no further! Here we have some fun bug kid activities that will keep your little ones entertained and really get them thinking about the world of insects.

 

From learning about bug habitats to creating their own bug-themed art crafts, there is something for everyone in this list of kid-friendly bug activities!

 

So get ready to bring some creepy crawly fun into your home and get your kids buzzing with excitement!

 

Art & Creativity  

Coffee Filter Butterflies

Supplies Needed:

Coffee filters, washable markers, spray bottle, pipe cleaner

How-to Guide:

Using washable markers, have your child color several coffee filters. (This activity specifically works if your child colors on two coffee filters that are layered on top of each other.) Lay the colored coffee filters on a washable surface. Using a spray bottle, mist them with water. The more the filters are sprayed, the more the design runs and bleeds; the choice is yours!

After the coffee filters are dry, accordion fold the filters back and forth. Stack two folded filters (either two identical filters that were colored together or two different filters) on top of each other. Fold a pipe cleaner in half, and put the filters in between the folded pipe cleaner, having the middle of the filters secured against the pipe cleaner. Twist the pipe cleaner and curl the two open ends to look like butterfly antennas. Fan out the accordion pipe cleaners to reveal your beautiful watercolor butterfly!

 

Honeycomb Painting

Supplies Needed:

Bubble wrap, yellow paint, paper

How-to Guide:

Cut out a square of bubble wrap and paint the bubble side yellow. Lay the painted side of the bubble wrap onto a piece of paper and lightly press down. Carefully peel away the bubble wrap. The bubble wrap leaves behind a painted design that resembles a honeycomb! You can cut the paper into the shape of a hexagon or a beehive, or just leave it as is! 

 

Fly Swatter Splat

Supplies Needed:

Fly swatter, paper, paint

How-to Guide:

Dip a clean fly swatter into some paint. Hit the fly swatter against some paper several times for a fun-looking art display (this activity can be messy)!

 

Butterfly Symmetry Painting

Supplies Needed:

Paper, marker, paint

How-to Guide:

Print out a butterfly outline on a piece of paper or draw one yourself. Carefully fold the paper in half along the butterfly’s body, making sure to have a wing on each side of the fold and in line with each other. Unfold the paper and have your child paint one side! After they have finished painting, fold the paper with the wet paint on the inside. Press the folded sides lightly together and then carefully unfold them to reveal your symmetrical painted butterfly! For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your symmetrical butterfly here

 

Fingerprint Bugs

Supplies Needed:

Paper, paint, maker

How-to Guide:

Have your child dip their finger into different washable paint colors or a stamp pad and then dot their finger across a piece of paper. After the paint has dried, draw little eyes, legs, wings, antennae, etc on the fingerprints to resemble little bugs! Draw a large jar outline on your paper and finger paint your little bugs inside the jar for added fun! For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your fingerprint bugs here

 

STEM

Backyard Bug Hunt

Supplies Needed:

The Great Outdoors

How-to Guide:

Go outside and hunt for some bugs! Search under rocks and leaves or around flowers and trees! 

 

Sticky sensory garden

Supplies Needed:

Nature elements, contact paper

How-to Guide:

Go outside and collect small nature elements such as flowers, grass, leaves, or sticks. Back inside, stick the collected nature elements to the sticky side of clear contact paper. After you have finished, attach the contact paper to a window to view your sensory garden! 

 

Flower Dye

Supplies Needed:

White flowers, vase, water, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Pick out some white flowers and put them in a vase filled with water. Add some food coloring to the water. Over the next several days, watch the color creep up and dye the white flower petals. 

 

Caterpillar Counting

Supplies Needed:

Paper, marker, dot makers/finger paint

How-to Guide:

Write the numbers 1-10 cascading down the side of a piece of paper. Using dot markers or finger paint, have your child make the same amount of dots that correspond with each number. Add a cute face and antennae to the first dot and some legs to the other dots to make a caterpillar! 

 

Bug Matching

Supplies Needed:

Bug Matching Cards

How-to Guide:

These Bug Matching Cards are a great way to do some brain exercises and have a fun learning experience! Download your free Bug Matching Cards here.

 

Gross Motor

Move Like A Bug

Supplies Needed:

Bug Movement Cards

How-to Guide:

These Bug Movement Cards are a great way to do some gross motor exercises and have a fun learning experience! Download your free Bug Movement Cards here.

 

Grasshopper Hop

Supplies Needed:

Chalk

How-to Guide:

Using chalk, draw several different large bugs on your driveway or another large paved space. Now have your kids jump from bug to bug! You can call out a certain bug and have your kids jump to it! 

 

Bumblebee Red Light, Green Light

Supplies Needed:

Your running feet

How-to Guide:

Play red light, green light, but pretend the caller is a flower, and everyone else is a bumblebee who is trying to get to the flower!

 

Build A Bug

Supplies Needed:

Flour, salt, oil, cream of tartar, hot water, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Have your child help you measure out 3 cups of flour, 1 cup and 2 tablespoons of salt, 3-4 tablespoons of oil, 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar, 3 cups of hot water, and your favorite food coloring. Mix together to make your homemade play dough! Now you can roll or shape your play dough to make different bugs! You can add beads, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, etc to enhance your bug!

 

Buggy Balloons

Supplies Needed:

Balloons, marker, fly swatter

How-to Guide:

Start by blowing up several balloons. Have some fun and draw bug faces onto the balloons! Now the game begins – Using a fly swatter (you can also just use your hands), lightly tap a buggy balloon into the air and see how long you can keep it up by bopping the balloon back up as it falls!

 

Fine Motor

Earthworm Beading

Supplies Needed:

Pipe cleaner, beads

How-to Guide:

Give your child a pipe cleaner and some beads. Have your child slide the beads onto the pipe cleaner. They can do different patterns or all one color, the choice is theirs!

 

Frozen Bug Rescue

Supplies Needed:

Muffin tin, water, small bug toys, freezer

How-to Guide:

Fill a muffin tin with water and drop in a small bug toy into each cup. Put in the freezer. After it has frozen, take out the tin from the freezer and remove the frozen bugs. Let your child chip away the ice to save the bugs!

 

Bug Color Sort

Supplies Needed:

Muffin tin, colored bugs, kid tweezers

How-to Guide:

Get out a muffin tin and mark each cup with a different color. Mix different colored bugs together (you can also use colored pom-poms, beads, etc). Have your child sort the different colored bugs into the same corresponding colored cup using kid tweezers.

 

Sticky Spider Webs

Supplies Needed:

Painters tape, bug toys, sticks, leaves

How-to Guide:

Use painter’s tape to make a large spiderweb on the wall or floor, sticky side out. Now stick different bug toys, sticks, leaves, etc to the sticky side of the tape. Let your child have fun retrieving the stuck objects!

 

Salt Dough Bug Fossils

Supplies Needed:

Salt, flour, warm water, circle cookie cutters, small bug toys, baking paper, oven

How-to Guide:

Make the salt dough by combining ½ cup of salt and 1 cup of flour. Add in ½ cup of warm water and mix until it is a dough-like consistency. Roll out the dough to be about an inch thick. Use a circle cookie cutter to cut out circles in the dough. You could also just have your child roll some dough into a ball and flatten it with their hands.

Press a small bug toy into the dough, making sure you rock the toy in different directions so that the imprint is clear. Place baking paper onto a cookie sheet and place your fossils on top. Bake in the oven at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for an hour. Thicker fossils will take longer to dry. You may want to flip the fossils every so often to help them dry out more evenly. Feel free to decorate or paint your fossils after they have cooled! 

 

Social-Emotional

Sensory Bottles

Supplies Needed:

Disposable plastic bottle, dirt, glitter, beads, small toys hot glue

How-to Guide:

Use any empty disposable water bottle for this activity (preferably something made from sturdier plastic). You can fill the bottles with all sorts of different materials: bug toys, dirt, water, oil, rice, glitter, marbles, sequins, beads, etc. Make sure to secure the lid of the bottle well by using hot glue. 

 

Pinwheels 

Supplies Needed:

Paper, hot glue craft stick

How-to Guide:

Cut a piece of paper so it is square. Cut each corner towards the middle of the paper, stopping a ½ inch – 1 inch before you reach the middle. Fold each of the diagonal cuts over itself, lining up the edges. Put a dab of hot glue on the back, in the middle of your pinwheel. Stick a straw or craft stick to the hot glue. Blow on the pinwheel and watch it spin! 

 

Bubble Caterpillar

Supplies Needed:

Disposable plastic bottle, old sock, rubber bands, dish soap, water, food coloring

How-to Guide:

Cut the bottom off of a disposable water bottle. Take an old sock and slip it over the bottom of the bottle, covering the cut-off portion (you may want to trim the sock if it is too long). Secure the sock with rubber bands. Squirt a lot of dish soap into a bowl of water and dip the sock portion into the water. Blow through the top of the bottle to make a bubble caterpillar! You can add food coloring to the wet sock to get different colored bubbles! 

 

Bugs Sensory Bin

Supplies Needed:

Large bin, dirt, sand, bug toys, scoops

How-to Guide:

Get any large bin or container and pour dirt, rice, beans, lentils, sand, etc into it. The kids love to run their fingers through whatever is in the bin. You can also add shovels, measuring cups, bug toys, blocks, etc. in the bin for your child to scoop and play around with. 

 

Wind Chimes

Supplies Needed:

Yarn, small plastic cups, decorated paper, large branch

How-to Guide:

Using string or yarn, attach small plastic cups, decorated paper, or other objects to a larger branch. Hang the branch outside where it can catch a breeze. 

 

Language & Literacy 

Caterpillar Name Craft

Supplies Needed:

Colored paper, marker, scissors, glue

How-to Guide:

Use a cup to trace out circles to amount the number of letters in your child’s name, plus one more circle (For Thomas you would need six circles for the name plus one more circle to make seven circles). I like to let the kids pick out different colors for each circle. Slightly overlap one circle edge with another and glue it in place. Glue the remaining circles together the same way to form a line, it doesn’t have to be straight! Draw a caterpillar’s face on one of the end circles. Following the caterpillar’s face, spell out your child’s name on the remaining circles, putting one letter on each circle. You can color and decorate your name caterpillar and add some legs and antennae! For a more comprehensive illustration, view my guide to make your caterpillar name here

 

Bug Match

Supplies Needed:

Colored paper, scissors, marker

How-to Guide:

Cut out several bugs using different colored paper. Get two bugs that are the same color. On one bug write an uppercase letter and on the second bug write the lowercase letter. You can do this with all the letters in the alphabet, the letters in your childs name, or just a bunch of random letters. Mix up all the lettered bugs and have your child match the upper and lower case letters together!

 

 

Kid bug activities are a great way to get kids excited about the outdoors and introduce them to the amazing world of bugs.

 

From backyard bug hunts to bug-themed arts and crafts, there are plenty of fun and educational activities for kids that will help them explore the natural world around them.

 

So why not set up some kid bug activities in your backyard today?

 

Here is the Bugs Preschool Lesson Plan if you want to follow along:

Bug Kid Activities
Preschool Bug Lesson Plan

 

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