Are you planning a fun bug unit for your preschoolers? We’ve picked the best 20+ bug games for preschoolers that are fantastic ways for young children to learn and practice literacy and math skills in fun, hands-on ways.
Bug Themed Activities for Preschoolers
I’ll be real here, I definitely have a love-hate relationship with insects. I recognize their value in our ecosystem and appreciate the hard work that they do to make sure we are not ridden with deceased animals (ew right, I went there). However, you know the song, “Shoo fly, don’t bother me?” That is so me… because who wants insects flying around and messing up my summer picnic or stinging my kiddos? I know you get me!
Believe it or not, I know this will come as a shock, but I actually look forward to teaching an insect theme with my preschoolers! That’s because insects have so many unique traits and “superpowers” that are unique to their species. We love to use bug catchers and watch how they move, examine their long legs or wings, and I’ve even been known to set up an ant farm! It’s true! Ant farms are insanely cool because they are such clever bugs!
All this to say, don’t write off an insect preschool theme because there are tons of fun activities! Preschoolers love playing games so these bug games for toddlers and preschoolers are sure to be a blast!
FAQs about Teaching Preschoolers about Bugs
There are many ways to teach preschoolers about bugs. One of the best ways is to get outside in nature and look at bugs. But if you can’t do that you can read lots of great books, and incorporate bug-themed activities for preschoolers such as small world play with insect toys, bug sensory bins, bug worksheets, and games.
Learning facts about bugs is always so interesting! It’s so fun to incorporate math, science, and literacy into thematic units. Here are six more printable activities for a preschool insect theme. The best part about planning a preschool insect theme is it’s so easy to incorporate hands-on activities and sensory play with insects!
Toddlers learn best through hands-on activities. Bug sensory play, bug crafts, and a bug hunt are all fun activities that toddlers will love! This list also includes some toddler bug games you can print out.
Don’t Forget the Picture Books!
Infusing high-quality literature into your insect theme is a great way to learn interesting facts and get kids excited. Check out our favorite book picks below!
Literacy Bug Games
These printable bug games focus on teaching preschoolers literacy skills such as letter recognition, beginning sounds and uppercase/lowercase matching.
Math Bug Games
These fun bug games are a fantastic way for preschoolers to practice math skills such as counting, one-to-one correspondence and number recognition!
These exciting bug printables, insect activities, and games will have your toddlers and preschoolers learning literacy and math skills in a hands-on way.
Hand-Picked Items For Your Preschool Bug Theme
Adding some insect-related items to your daily learning makes this theme all the more fun!