Preschool Theme Time: Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!

Last week I put together my huge list of activities to do with my preschooler. One thing I haven’t done in a long time is our “Theme Time” activities.  It is such an easy way to incorporate those games that get shoved to the back shelf.  Last week we did a lot of insect-themed activities.  Here are some of the things we did together:

ED did lots of different crafts. For example she (and the others of course too) made a snail. We brought out the Snail’s Pace Race (affiliate link), a cute game perfect for the 2-5 year old crowd because it just entails rolling the dice and moving the colored snail one space forward.

Preschool-Bugs-ActivitiesED loves the Snail’s Pace Race. (affiliate link)  It is a cooperative game where the players work together to move all 6 snails to the end of the row.

Snails Pace RaceThis post talks about some of our other favorite preschool board games.

Here are a few other of  ED’s projects from last week. What’s cute about the ladybug activity is that the wings really open and close! Cute!

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 We looked at dragonflies outside (we happened to find a dead one too and took a long time looking at it!), did a couple crafts, and brought out the pattern blocks (affiliate link) too. (You can find lots of great templates at pre-Kinders.)

dragonfly

dragonflies-PreschoolActivitiesFor the first time in a long time, I brought out the pattern activities we’ve had for years. ED was the perfect age for these.

Here is a link to the Learning Resources Bug Counters we used (affiliate link)

Here is a similar set that has cards with it: Learning Resources Let’s Tackle Math

backyard-bugs-preschool-Activity We printed out copies of Deanna Jump’s cute insect book for emergent readers. DD, ED and a friend all colored insect books:

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I also printed out an insect-themed math grid game. I got this one from kidssoup.com, but you can get a leaf one free at preKinders and place bugs on it. Each person takes a turn rolling the die and covering that many squares on her grid. The first person to cover all the spaces wins the game.

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And we spotted some pretty interesting bugs and spiders in our outdoor hunts. We especially like kicking apart decaying logs to find the huge, black Bess Beetles!

bugs-spidersRecently, I made a couple bug-themed tracing pages that I thought might add be fun in a bug unit.  It is free to download here:   Bugs, Bugs, Bugs – Free Activity Packet

Bugs Activity Pages

You can find a list of Montessori inspired insect activities over at Living Montessori Now.  I also noticed that over at the Adventures of Bear they also did some Montessori insect-related activities recently. You might want to check that out.

ED and I also spend about ten minutes every day (and I try not to ever miss a day no matter what’s going on) in a chair together to read her Bob Books. We just started those about two weeks ago and she’s doing well.  She still needs lots of help, but is making progress. I recommend those and  Animal Antics as a first reader for your preschooler once they know their letter sounds well.  I used these same books with DD when she was starting to learn to read–see that post here.

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