All About Bugs for kids

Kids love to study and look at bugs! Learn all about bugs for kids with some of our very favorite bug activities, books and snacks.

Girl with grasshopper on a stick

All About Bugs for Kids

Welcome to our Summer Learning Series all about bugs and insects. Here are some of our very favorite bug activities, books, snacks and games to get your kids exploring the world around them.

As an adult, there are definitely times bugs can gross me out! I still love watching and encouraging my kids to get close and even pick them up if it’s safe. My kids love picking up ladybugs, grasshoppers and rollie pollies!

Bugs and insects are a genuine interest for lots of kids. Here are some fun ideas to get your kids learning and exploring the world around them. Also we have some free printable for a coloring page and a bug scavenger hunt!

Ladybug painted rocks

These adorable love bugs come from AuntieAnnie.com. They would be a fun project to do with the kids, you make plaster and pour it into spoons to make the bugs. Turn them into magnets or clips.

ladybug painted rocks

Spider Web GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITY

This is an easy spider web game from No Time For Flashcards. I know my kids would love it and it helps develop gross motor skills!

spider web gross motor activity for kids

Painting with Fake Bugs

This is another bug activity from No Time For Flashcards. This is great for younger kids, but really all ages would have fun painting with giant fake bugs! Sometimes those simple activities are the ones they love the most.

Fake bugs used for painting on paper

Tissue Paper Snail

My boys love checking the yard for snails so I know they would love making this tissue paper snail from No Time For Flashcards. Gluing those little tissue papers is a great small muscle activity as well.

tissue paper snail

Firefly band aid Craft

Here is an adorable firefly craft from No Time For Flashcards. My kids love any excuse to get into the band-aids so I know they would love these fireflies.

Lightning bugs with band aids art.

Bumble Bee Craft

This cute toilet paper roll bee is from Crafted-Crafty.com.

toilet paper bee

Ladybug paper plate

This paper plate lady bug from Allkidsnetwork.com is adorable and could be changed a little to look like many different kinds of bugs.

paper plate lady bug craft

Caterpillar craft

My kids have all grown up listening to me read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to them. I love this egg carton caterpillar from Rustyandrosy.com. I really like crafts that use trash and turn it into treasure. It’s the perfect way to reuse items in your house that you would normally toss out.

hungry caterpillar egg carton

Hungry Caterpillar Craft

I thought this painting was a creative and fun take on the caterpillar. This bugs for kids craft uses a cup as a stamp. What kid doesn’t like stamping things in paint!?

hungry caterpillar craft

Bee Foot Print

These cute bee foot prints come from Crafty-Crafted.

footprint bee

Grasshopper Craft

These grasshopper clothespins from kiwicrate.com are much cuter than real grasshoppers…and they don’t spit.

Grasshopper craft

Butterfly craft for Kids

I love these plastic bag butterflies from rainbowstarbooks.com. Use any colorful art supplies you have to make a beautiful butterfly.

butterfly craft

Bugs for Kids Sorting Game

bug sorting game

I am so excited about this bugs for kids sorting game from Artsymomma.com. Learn about bugs, help them organize and learn and colors at the same time.

Butterfly Lifecycle

This is a fun way to learn the life cycle of a butterfly from rainbowstarbooks.com.

butterfly lifecycle on paper plate craft

“Bug” Snacks

Try some of these healthy bug snacks. Grasshopper celery sticks or you can do ant on a log with raisins. Grape caterpillars and strawberry ladybugs.

Fruit shaped like bugs

I love that these adorable bug cracker snacks are colorful and healthy. I don’t know the original source, but I found them here.

bug snack

Caterpillar Coloring Page

Here is a FREE printable to help with colors! Find this fun caterpillar coloring page HERE.

Caterpillar coloring page

Bugs for Kids Scavenger Hung

Our kids had a blast with this bugs for kids scavenger hunt. We handed each kid a scavenger hunt paper and sent them out to explore. You can find the FREE printable HERE.

bug scavenger hunt
Kids doing bug scavenger hunt

Bug Movie

A fun movie to watch during the bugs for kids week could be Pixar’s A Bug’s Life . It’s a family favorite at our home!

Many fun bug books to read:

Bugs Galore

Beach Bugs: A Sunny Pop-up Book by David A. Carter

The Very Lonely Firefly board book

Hi! Fly Guy

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I hope this gives you some fun activities to teach your kids all about bugs.

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  • This is awesome! I love it! I’m going to share it on Friday. The kids at our center will absolutely love it. That spider web is a great gross motor activity. Great post!ReplyCancel

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