Bugs and Insects! We use these terms interchangeably, though they are different! Bugs are one type of insect. True bugs, as they are called, have a straw-like mouth. Some true bugs are stinkbugs, assassin bugs and others. Ladybugs are NOT actually bugs! And spiders are neither bugs nor insects!
However, all crawly things are bugs and insects and they are creepy and cool at the same time to preschool children! Imagine all the preschool lesson plans that can come from a preschool theme like this!
One year, we decided it would be so cool to order ladybugs for the classroom! We would have them in our ladybug home, the children could observe them, journal about them, tell stories about them, etc.
So, they were delivered. When we opened the bag, low and behold, lots of ladybugs started crawling out of the bag...so cool.
Sadly, we found that half the ladybugs were, um, well, they didn't make the trip.
We talked about that and then decided we should lay them to rest outside in the front garden/lawn area. We did so, had a moment of silence for the ladybugs and when back into our classroom.
Two hours later, when the children were leaving, one of the parents commented on how Spring is definitely here. She could tell because of all the ladybugs outside today!
Apparently, the ladybugs were in a cold, somewhat "hibernative" sleep from the way they are shipped!
Moral of the story....let them warm up and wake up. They are not dead!
Where can I find Ladybugs?
This is the insect home we ordered. It comes with a coupon to order 15-20 Ladybug Larvae! This was awesome as we got to watch the entire life cycle unfold in our classroom!
(I LOVE Amazon, and if you choose to get yours there, they do send me a few cents--which supports my coffee habit!)
Ladybug Home AND Ladybug Larvae (the home comes with a coupon to order the larvae).
Ladybug LARVAE ONLY. This is the tube with the larvae if you already have the ladybug home.
Just want Ladybugs? Here are some options for ladybugs (no larvae) and homes!
(no bugs included)
Let the Theme planning begin!
This theme is endless in the possible activities and adventures your preschoolers can participate in!
This Bugs and Insects Theme page is filled with preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom.
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your Bugs and Insects Theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool lesson plans you are looking for.
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your Space Theme!
Materials Needed: Show the children some pictures of insects. Then pass out some plastic insects (one for each child). Have them find these items on their insects:
All insects have 3 body parts: the head, the thorax (middle) and the abdomen.
All insects have 6 legs.
All insects have antennae. What do they use these for (touching and detecting odors!)
Some insects have wings. Does yours have wings?
Stories and Fingerplays
There are so many choices of books and fingerplays for this theme. Many are listed below under the Library section on this page. Be sure to include lots and lots of non-fiction books. Show the pictures and talk about them as a group!
Bugs and Insects Theme Large Group Games that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Parachute Your Bugs!
This idea was submitted by Vanessa M. from New Mexico, USA
Place stuffed animal type insects in the middle of the parachute to shake off! Vanessa's group places a stuffed grasshopper in. They have make the grass hopper "hop" by shaking the parachute and continue shaking until the grasshopper "hops" out!
You can do the same with other stuffed insects you have: make the butterfly-fly the bee-buzz, etc.!
Thanks Vanessa for this GREAT idea!
The next two ideas were submitted by Karen from Indianapolis, IN, USA
Bug, Bug, Insect
Play this as you would the infamous Duck, Duck Goose Game!
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