Preschool Fun: Bugs!
What’s more exciting than bugs? Let’s celebrate our creepy crawly friends today!
- What do bugs look like?
- Do you like bugs?
- Do they crawl? Do they fly?
- How many legs do they have? (Obviously there are different answers to this!)
Read any book you may have that mentions bugs. If you don’t have one, try a digital title, such as Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. You can order a book from the library, as well, such as Some Bugs by Angela DiTerlizzi. We’ll also make a bug book at the end.
It’s time for everyone’s favorite: The Itsy Bitsy Spider!
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
So the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.
For this rhyme, have five pictures of bumblebees ready. You can draw them or cut them out. Have your child line them up, stick them on paper, whatever they’d like! It’s important to count them, and then point our their places (first, second, etc.)
Five busy honey bees were resting in the sun. The first one said, “Let us have some fun.” The second one said, “Where shall it be?” The third one said, “In the honey tree.” The fourth one said, “Let’s make some honey sweet.” The fifth one said, “With pollen on our feet.” The five little busy bees sang their buzzing tune, As they worked in the beehive all that afternoon. Bzzzzzz! Bzzzzzz! Bzzzzzz! Bzzzzzz! Bzzzzzz!
There’s nothing more fascinating than a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Let’s make that life cycle! Split a paper plate into four sections (or a piece of paper.)
- On the top left section, write “egg.” Have your child glue a leaf down, and then add something on top of it to make an egg (A bead, a dried bean, or simply color a little circle.)
- On the top right section, write “caterpillar” and make your own caterpillar. Your child can glue a small pipe cleaner on it to make the shape, or draw it.
- On the bottom left section, write “cocoon.” Have your child glue a small twig onto the section, and then hang the cocoon. Perhaps a piece of shell-shaped pasta? Or draw one!
- On the bottom right section, write “butterfly” and make your own butterfly! If you want to use pasta again, farfalle is perfect for this. Or, a pipe cleaner again with tissue paper wings on both sides.
Of course, the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar goes perfect with this craft!
MAKE YOUR OWN BUG BOOK
- Staple paper together and have each page represent a different bug.
- Write (or have your child write) something about each bug. (Bugs fly, bugs buzz, bugs have legs.)
- Illustrate! Draw or cut out pictures for each page.
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