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Free Bugs and Insects Count and Clip Cards

Bugs and Insects Clip and Count Cards

These count and clip cards are a fun way for children to improve their number sense. They encompass many math skills and concepts: number recognition, number quantity, one-to-one correspondence, counting, and set recognition. Added bonus: they also make a fantastic fine motor skills activity. Just print, cut, and grab some clothespins. For heavy use I recommend laminating the cards.


NOTE: Be sure to check out our Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy pack, It’s chock-full ‘o fun and learning, and makes the perfect addition to these clip cards.

Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy

Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy


Bugs and Flowers Sensory Bin

Last week Zoey wrote about her garden sensory bin. I thought it was completely amazing, and could not wait to come up with my own variation. This bin uses the same base (brown colored rice) which looks exactly like mulch. Mini pots are holding flowers, but I am hoping my children will also use them to sort the different types of bugs.

That’s the wonderful thing about sensory bins; they are literally bins overflowing with learning opportunities. Looking forward to seeing those little green thumbs!


– A large plastic bin
– Brown colored rice (tutorial here)
– Plastic bugs
– Mini flower pots
– Silk flowers
– Gardening gloves
– Tweezers
– Rake
– Shovel
– Watering can


Owl Babies Art Activities

My first year of teaching I discovered a wonderful book, Owl Babies, written by Martin Waddell, and beautifully illustrated by Patrick Benson.

Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother missing. “Where’s mommy?” they wonder. Exactly where mommy is makes a wonderful story. In subsequent years, I have read this book to all my classes for Mother’s Day, and have found that it never fails to capture the children’s imagination. After reading the book, the children love making their very own owls, painted with bubble wrap, to take home. I like to extend this curriculum later in the week. We often have a group discussion about owls, their habitats, and the fact that they are nocturnal animals. I then like to follow up with some feather painting.


– Our owl template
– Construction paper
– Large googly eyes
– Feathers
– Paint
– Bubble wrap
– Glue


– Stiff feathers
– Paint
– Construction paper