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.
I love to weave learning into every aspect of our day. If I can combine our learning theme with my kids’ taste buds, it piques their interest and also gives me an opportunity to sneak in those fruits and veggies! Over the years we’ve incorporated healthy snacks for kids into our preschool themes, and I thought it would be fun to try some insect theme ideas. We’ve found some of the cutest bug theme healthy snacks for kids to enjoy. And hey- your kids may just think you’re the coolest (or weirdest) mom on the block for letting them play with their food and snack on some bugs!
Bug Theme Healthy Snacks for Kids
Bug Snacks for After School or Parties
These adorable snails and caterpillars on a log from Woman’s Day have tons of nutritional value as they combine a variety of fruits and vegetables!
Almost Unschoolers has a fun fruit butterfly snack that would be a great way to sneak in some fine motor practice while you let the kids help you create their own butterflies.
This healthy bee snack from Kix Cereal is sure to make a buzz!
Let your littles help you create a veggie bug scene like My Fussy Eater did. They’ll thank you for letting them play with their food!
The Crafting Chicks created some deliciously healthy butterflies, caterpillars, and ladybugs to munch on. Yum!
This butterfly snack from Aimee Woodley with Pampered Chef will fly right into your kids’ mouths!
Try a little twist to the traditional ants on a log by offering up cream cheese (or peanut butter) just like Kids Activities Blog did.
The Soccer Mom Blog has a fun way to serve up some strawberries and blueberries with their ladybug snack. Use dark chocolate to decorate the ladybugs for added antioxidants.
Bug Snacks for the Lunchbox or Classroom
These apple bugs from Eats Amazing are a fun way to send apples for lunch. You could even trade out the chocolate chips for raisins to raise the healthy factor!
These homemade packaged butterfly snacks by Squakfox is a cute way to package healthy snacks for your little bug lovers.
This ladybug fruit cup from The Keeper of the Cheerios would be a great bug themed snack to send in for the classroom or in a lunchbox!
Get a Full Week of Insect Theme Learning and Play
Continue the bug theme fun with a full week of activities for preschoolers. Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
This set includes active hands-on learning ideas and the following printables:
1) Editable Name Bug Activity
2) Counting Insect Parts Diagram and Math Activity
3) Here is the Insect Emergent Reader (3 Variations)
4) Uppercase and Lowercase Alphabet and Hand Lens Letter Cards
5) Insect Life Cycle Recording Sheet
6) Insect Counting Puzzles (3 Variations)
7) Insect Patterning Cards
8) Insect Roll and Graph Games (2 Versions)
9) Insect Build A Word Mats
10) Lightning Bug Numbers Counting Activity
11) Insect Size Sorting Activity
12) Insect or Not an Insect Sorting Activity
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