Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy Activities

Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy Activities

Let’s get buzzy with some bug and insect activities! This Bugs and Insects Math and Literacy pack contains 17 worksheets and 8 centers 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 bug and insect center activities are designed to be printed (on cardstock) and laminated, and to be used and enjoyed for many years to come.

BUGS AND INSECTS MEASURING CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bugs and Insects Measuring Cards

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 and 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 and Insects Measuring Cards

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)

Build a Bug Playdough Activity Cards

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. 🙂

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

Bug and Insect Activities

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

Bug and Insect Activities

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

Bug and Insect Activities

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.

Bug and Insect Activities


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

Bug and Insect Activities

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!

BUGS AND INSECTS RHYMING CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Bug and Insect Activities

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)

Bug and Insect Activities

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)

Bug and Insect Activities

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.

BUG AND INSECT ACTIVITY WORKSHEETS (17)

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

DownloadGET ALL THESE BUG AND INSECT ACTIVITIES HERE.

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Patterning With Pattern Caps

Over the last 5 years, I have opened more squeeze pouch drinks for little ones than I care to remember. One afternoon, after lunch, I looked over at a colorful pile of caps sitting next to my classroom sink. There were 6 just from that day alone! I washed that pile and threw it into a jar. Before I knew it the jar was overflowing, so I raced to put them to use. Behold one of my favorite learning components:

These cute, little, bright things are no longer just pouch tops. They are now Number Bingo markers, graphing devices, one-to-one correspondence utensils, sorting and counting tools..the list goes on and on. I decided to place a container in my math center and label it “pattern caps”.

The pattern caps are one of the most sought after items in the classroom. I don’t know exactly why they are so popular, but I am wondering if it is because the children know where they came from; the tops are familiar to them.

The caps are easy to grasp and place, and they are large and bold enough to aid the child in distinguishing what is a pattern and what is not a pattern. Here they are being used with one of our Pattern Practice worksheets.

Needless to say, these squeezie caps have turned into an educational math manipulative. So next time you are asked to open a pouch, think twice before tossing the top.

Download our free AB Pattern Practice worksheet here.

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