Caterpillar Egg Counting Mats

When possible we love to integrate student interests into our learning activities. In the spring kids are fascinated by all the new little creatures we encounter during outside play. As part of our preschool butterfly theme lesson plans for home preschool and preschool classrooms we created caterpillar egg counting mats to practice number recognition, counting, and fine motor skills as we learn about the life cycle of a butterfly. Materials for Worm Math Sensory Bin Affiliate links included These mats can {Read More}

Rainbow Play Dough Color Matching Caterpillar

Color recognition is a basic skill for toddlers that can easily be integrated into a variety of ways to practice.  A hands-on repetitive activity helps to increase recognition while building on new vocabulary.  As we’ve learned about the colors of the rainbow and now moved on to exploring bugs, I decided to combine both topics with a rainbow play dough color matching caterpillar activity for my toddler. This color matching activity is a tactile way to combine color recognition with {Read More}

The Cutest Bug Theme Healthy Snacks for Kids

Spring is in the air!  Everywhere we look we see new growth and colors sprouting.  The days are also starting to get longer, giving us some extra time to play and explore outside.  Lately, my  toddler has really taken an interest in discovering  new bugs.  She’ll get down to their eye level to inspect these tiny and curious new creatures.  Given her new fascination and the seasonal change, it only seemed perfect that we dive into learning about bugs.   {Read More}

Big Bug Art for Creative Kids

We had so much fun with the art techniques we used creating ladybug art that I wanted to include a similar art invitation in our bug theme preschool lesson plans (available in variations for the home and classroom). Here we use some of our favorite stamping methods and a few added details to create a BIG bug art collage. This is terrific to do as a collaborative activity with multiple kids. Everyone can add their own unique touch to the final {Read More}

How to Make a Roly Poly Habitat with Kids

On our walks to school lately the girls have been spotting roly-polies, lots of them! After the third day of collecting them and releasing them my first grader asked if we could make a home for them and learn more about them. Well of course we can! Over the next few days we made a roly-poly habitat and learn more about these little bugs! Affiliate links included. As we got started making our roly-poly habitat, I remembered seeing a great {Read More}

Butterfly Garden Play Dough Invitation

The girls’ grandma bought them a nature tube with beautiful butterflies during a recent visit, and we’ve been waiting for spring to arrive so we could use them for this butterfly garden play dough invitation. In the past we’ve created bug play dough and garden play dough, but we’ve never had butterflies until now! We’ve had this beautiful invitation out for weeks now, and the girls haven’t grown tired of making colorful butterfly gardens yet. Materials Affiliate links included Play {Read More}

Preschool Ladybug Art

Whether we plan to or not, somehow ladybugs always enter are activities in the spring. About two weeks ago my oldest daughter found a ladybug while we were playing outside. She decided to create a ladybug habitat for it, and so began another venture in all things ladybug. My youngest daughter enjoys painting, so one day after school we decided to create some ladybug art. No paint brushes required! Create Your Own Ladybug Art This is a two-day project so {Read More}

Easy Butterfly Craft Ring

When we have a little extra time after school my oldest daughter and I like to doodle. One day we were sitting at the table drawing butterflies, and she said “I wish we could make these fly.” I said, “Let’s give it a try.” So we took a little time to make this easy butterfly craft that can “fly”…well sort of. In addition to a fun after school craft, these can also be used in the classroom or at home for {Read More}

Bug Play Dough Invitation

Welcoming spring also means welcoming all of our bug friends back, and the girls have been having fun playing with some of their long lost pals outside. Whether we’re going on a bug hunt or creating bug art, the girls are fascinated by insects, and I know many of your kids are too. This bug play dough invitation was inspired by their love of all things creepy crawly, but don’t worry your little one doesn’t have to like bugs to {Read More}

Caterpillar Name Activity

Anytime learning activities can include movement and play they tend to be a hit in our house. This caterpillar name activity  combines the fun of a scavenger hunt with learning name recognition and even a little bit of pretend play. You’ll need an egg carton, plastic eggs, chenille stems, googly eyes, a permanent marker, scissors, and a hot glue gun. Start by preparing the caterpillar ahead of time by cutting one long section that includes a cup for each letter {Read More}