All about Bugs + Printables!
June was “Bug Month” at the Matangi household! We first got ready for our themed month by going to the library and getting a number of bug books. This Super Bug Encyclopedia was by far our favorite and I can’t believe the price on this book for how amazing it is! We are definitely adding it to our book purchase list. (We also added in a smaller version in our Bug Sensory Kits available for purchase by clicking here!) We were able to search for pretty much any bug in our bug encyclopedia which helped us learn about their different, diet, habitat, and predators to those particular bugs plus additional bug facts. This especially helped my four year old get excited about all things bugs! My four year old, two year old and one year old were all interested in our children bug books such as The Ladybug Race, Tiny Little Fly, One Little Blueberry, I Love Bugs and Fly!
We created a few printables that went along with our bug theme (If you were subscribed you got some of them in your inbox for FREE! If you are not subscribed, subscribe below for future freebies!). One of them I created to go along with our Fly! book. If you haven’t read this book you are seriously missing out! It’s the cutest story about a fly who is searching to figure out what he is good at. After trying to do whatever one else is excellent at, he later finds out what he is talented at. I’m obsessed with this book and immediately bought it after reading it from the library. I feel like I can relate to this cute little fly in so many ways! At the end of the book there are some simple bug facts about the different bugs that make an appearance in this adorable story.
I created two versions of this Roll a bug activity. One for younger children so that they can simply match the fly’s body pieces and one for older children where they put the body together themselves without the matching addition. Subscribers received this printable for FREE! If you missed it you can find the printable here and subscribe below so that you don’t miss out on future freebies! My girls were obsessed with this activity and ended up doing it five times each! Having the printable made it easy to print and do the activity over and over again!
I have raved about these life cycle products from Safari Ltd a million times because guys, we are finding so many ways to play with them and we are OBSESSED! I have found them from SafariLtd.com, amazon, and even Michaels and I literally can’t believe they are only around $10 each! I created these “Life Cycle Go Fish” cards to go along with our life cycle toys. Instead of the girls finding four of a kind, we find four of the life cycle of that particular organism and after we have a match we put them in their life cycle order! Fun and educational? ummm.. yes please! You can find a printable version by clicking here.
We created another bug life cycle printable for you to go along with your life cycle toys! This one we placed all of the bugs in a bag closed our eyes and took turns selecting one of the toys from the bag. The girls got so excited to see their mystery bug that they pulled from the bag! We then matched them to these life cycle infographic cards and talked about that phase of the life cycle. Instead of having one of us as winners, the first organism to get all of it’s pieces won! You can find your life cycle infographic printable by clicking here!
One of the days we visited our local farmers market and talked to the man selling honey. We were able to learn about the process of collecting honey from the bees and even try different flavored honey sticks! My sister in law then sent us some honeycomb in the mail from her father’s bees that we were able to taste and explore the incredible details of the honeycomb up close. We focused on our honeybee life cycle go fish cards and our infographic. My two year old loved matching the toys to the cards and the cards to the infographic. We used our Bug Encyclopedia we checked out from the library (linked above) to learn more about their incredible hive, colony and different jobs within the hive.
We then put some honey on a spoon and left it outside. Within a few minutes we discovered that ants were drawn to honey as well! It was neat to get an up close look at the ants gathering and tasting the honey.
Need a simple art activity for your bug theme? This “Swat a Fly!” activity was a hit! (see what I did there ;) ) I could not print these papers fast enough! The girls loved using their gross motor skills while doing an art activity. We dipped fly swatters into paint and slapped them on our paper to swat the “fly”. We printed about 10 of these pictures before our ink ran out and we were forced to stop! (Our extendable fly swatters are from Zurchers) Get your printable by clicking here!
We of course had to do a few bug sensory activities as well! We used our bugs in dirt and flowers in our sensory table outside and used them in dyed green rice in our Ikea sensory table inside. The girls loved sorting the bugs by number of legs, color, and bugs that fly and bugs that crawl!
Throw in some tweezers, scissor scoops, add in your bug fact books and you’re set for a perfect learning through play experience! Don’t have bug sensory kit supplies? YOU’RE IN LUCK! I put one together for you! Check it out by clicking here! But hurry because there are only a few left!
Of course I had to create a printable version of our Ladybug math activity that we did a few months ago! This simple activity always turns out even better than I expect and I love how excited my four year old gets when she realizes that she is already doing math! Click here for your printable!
One of my favorite memories from elementary school was watching caterpillars transform into butterflies. So we got a little extra and purchased a butterfly nursery from Lakeshore Learning to get a first hand look at real caterpillars transitioning into butterflies. It was so interesting to watch them build their cocoons, shake and transform and eventually break free! It was definitely one of those magical moments with engaging and insightful conversations that I was able to have with my girls. If you’re trying to do a bug theme it’s also worth looking into bug museums and butterfly nursery’s near you!