Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy Activities

Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy Activities

Let’s get buzzy and have some fun with with this Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy pack. It contains 17 worksheets and 8 learning center activities that are sure to engage your learners while strengthening the following skills:

– Patterning
– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Set recognition
– Seriation
– Measurement (nonstandard)
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Number order
– Graphing
– Classification
– Number formation
– Concept of more/less/same
– Visual discrimination
– Association
– Beginning letter sounds
– Uppercase letter recognition
– ABC Order
– Letter formation
– Phonological awareness
– Fine motor
– Following directions

Please note that the center activities in this packet are designed to be printed (on cardstock) and laminated, and to be used and enjoyed for many years to come.

MEASURING CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

These measuring cards make for a fantastic measurement (nonstandard) learning tool. We use Unifix Cubes, but any small manipulative such as pom poms, vase gems or mini erasers will work.

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Children will work to see how many cubes long the bugs and insects are. Students may use the included Bugs and Insects Measure and Record worksheet to record their measurements. Discuss which are shorter and which are longer, and which are the same length. So many learning concepts here!


Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

The included worm and snail measuring cards are optional. While the snail and worm are neither bugs nor insects, they ARE “creepy crawlers”, and these cards have proved to be a hit with children. If you decide to use the snail and worm, be sure to explain why they are not bugs or insects. Please know that these two cards are not featured on the Bugs and Insects Measure and Record worksheet.

BUILD A BUG PLAYDOUGH ACTIVITY CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy Activities

Supply students with playdough, googly eyes, foam hearts, acrylic jewels and/or sequins, and cut pieces of straws and pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks. Students will choose a card and build a bug using the “recipe”. The hearts can be used as wings, and the straws and pipe cleaners as legs and antennae. OR the items may be used any way the children see fit. 🙂

NUMBER MATCH UP PUZZLES (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Cut the cards in half. Young learners will complete the puzzles by matching the quantity of bugs and insects to their corresponding numerals.

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

LADYBUG NUMBER QUANTITY TASK CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Provide students with black vase gems or some other small manipulative. Learners will give the ladybugs their spots by placing a numbered group of items on its corresponding task card. Encourage younger children to use one-to-one correspondence while counting. Older children can use this activity to practice set recognition.

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

BUG OUT! LETTER SPIN & COVER GAME SHEETS (COLOR 4/B&W 4) AND SPINNER (COLOR 1/B&W 1)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Cut out the spinner card and attach a paperclip spinner with a round head fastener (brad). Provide vase gems, mini erasers, pom poms, or some other small manipulative for students to use as markers. Dot markers may be used for the black and white sheets. Young learners will spin, identify the letter, and cover it on their sheet. Continue until the sheet is completely covered. When using this activity in small group, children will take turns spinning. First player to cover his/her sheet wins. Trade cards and play again!

RHYMING CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Children will say the name of each picture and find and cover its rhyming partner. Supply plastic bugs, mini erasers or another small manipulative for children to use as markers. Clothespins may also me used.

BUGS IN A JAR SYLLABLE COUNT & CLAP GAME CARDS (COLOR 3/B&W 3) AND SYLLABLE PICTURE CARDS (COLOR 12/B&W 12)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Cut out the jar cards along with the syllable cards. Students will say the picture (bug) name and clap and count each word part. Learners will then place the picture card on the appropriate jar labeled with the amount of syllables. This activity, along with the Critter Clap & Count worksheet (included in this packet), makes for a ton of syllable fun.

BUGS AND INSECTS WRITING TRAY LETTER CARDS (COLOR A-Z/26/B&W A-Z/26)

Bugs & Insects Math and Literacy

Provide a shallow tray filled with sand (salt or sugar may also be used) for children to use. Using a small branch or their fingers, learners will practice letter formation using the letter cards as guides.

WORKSHEETS (17)

With these engaging worksheets learners will identify and match letters, classify, pattern, segment syllables, and so, so much more!

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The Colored Hens Circle Time Activity

One of my favorite children’s books is The Little Red Hen. I read it every year to my class. I often pair the story with this interactive circle time activity, which is designed to improve listening skills, and teach colors. It also gives children an opportunity to follow directions and to participate during large group.

Cut out colored hens to match the colors in the poem (the hen pattern is provided here). I happened to have some extra felt, so I just used that. However, construction paper will work just as well. Glue the hens onto paper plates, add some googly eyes, and coordinating craft sticks. I used watercolors to color the sticks.

During circle time, give each child a hen. Some colors may have to be repeated depending upon how many children are in the circle. Instruct the children to hold up their hen when they hear their color, then read the poem below. This is a fantastic attention grabber. My preschoolers, even my “busy” ones, hold their breath with anticipation, just waiting to hear their color words; they get so excited to spring into action!

THE COLORED HENS POEM

This little hen is brown
You’ll never catch her with a frown

This little hen is black
She’s not a duck, so she doesn’t quack

This little hen is yellow
She’s friends with Mr. Rooster – he’s a happy fellow

This little hen is purple
She likes to walk in a circle

This little hen is green
On the farm she can been seen

This little hen is blue,
She likes to follow me and you

This little hen is red
She’s laid all her eggs in her bed

After the poem is read, and all the hens have been held up, talk about the different colors. To build phonemic awareness, the rhyming words should also be repeated and discussed.

MATERIALS USED:

– Colored felt or construction paper
– Our hen template
– Scissors
– Tacky glue
– Paper plates
– Jumbo craft sticks/tongue depressors
Washable liquid watercolors
– Googly eyes

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