Bug Theme

Bugs are the best because they are all around us. My preschoolers cannot get enough of bugs and bug literature is so rich that we do this thematic unit twice a year! I like to do a buggy unit in the fall and the spring/summer. The Dollar Tree has been very helpful pulling together my bug unit as you will see below!
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I found these picnic paper plates at the Dollar Tree! I hung the number 1-10 around the classroom and gave students strips of paper with written numbers. Preschoolers hunted around the room to find all the ants!

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This was another Dollar Tree find. These are bugs that become giant when submerged in water. I cannot wait to use these props to help tell The Ant and The Grasshopper fable. I got an extra set so we could watch them grow.


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Caterpillar Chains: I was originally inspired for this project from a posting on Pinterest. I gave students a red caterpillar head with number written on the side. Students had to add the number of corresponding green loops.  This was a fabulous project correlating with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  In the spirit of my teaching philosophies, students were able to make as many caterpillar chains as they wanted. 

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This is another project that works well with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Ten Hungry Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr. Give students leaves and paper hole punchers. Students punch the number of holes for the corresponding number.


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Build-A-Bug Workshop: Give students cardboard tubes, googly eyes, cellophane, colored paper. You can really use any materials you have lying around. Let children create their own bugs. These bugs were ladybugs made after reading Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug

 This student made ladybug wings that she could actually wear. I am in love with cellophane. You can also get it cheaply at the dollar store! 

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This is our caterpillar/butterfly learning center. We typically get painted lady butterflies. The metamorphosis takes about two weeks.


 
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Here is a list of all the things my students know about caterpillars and butterflies. This hangs right next to our butterfly learning center. (forgive the typo on the chart, I just noticed it!)

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Students roll spiders to the corresponding number. You can download free original copies on my Teacher Pay Teachers store.  Spider Counting Mats

Drawing from a butterfly science journal!

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