Its spring and one of my favorite times of year to explore outside because everything is waking up including the bugs! My kids are constantly ooh-ing and awing at creepy crawlies and things that fly so we started some Bug Themed Activities and I put together a printable math activity that they loved. I recently found these adorable little Wooden Ladybugs -affiliate link which worked perfectly for the activity but you could always use whatever you have on hand like bow tie pasta for butterflies, shell pasta for snails, pieces of pipe cleaners for caterpillars, the list goes on and on and I also included a set of bugs you can print and cut out. The printable includes numbers 1-20, several different bug jars, a 10-frames chart, and was designed so you can adapt it to suit your child’s needs.
Little Dragon is learning to count and one-to-one correspondence so his activity consists of taking the ladybugs out of the jar and placing them on the leaves as he counts. I fill the jar and then he empties the jar.
Since we had our ladybugs out I also grabbed our Handwriting Without Tears – Wood Pieces (affiliate link) and set up a quick letter activity for him to do. I traced the letter L for ladybug on the table and then had him build it with a long stick and short stick. Then he placed ladybugs on the letter and said ladybug to practice the “L” sound. He even added the word “little” to the activity which I thought was awesome because as you know it also starts with the letter L. Again, if you are using a different bug for this activity just switch the letter to match the bug. Despite his facial expression he really did enjoy the activity–this picture says, “oh mom, not another picture.”
Little Tiger is learning addition and number recognition past so she uses two leaves at a time to add the bugs together and put them in the jar. She likes using the jar without the 10 frames on it because she can artistically place her ladybugs. She decided that if the ladybugs were really in the jar they would be trying to get out so she likes to place them at the top. What a little imagination she has :).
Catch a Bug Math Activity
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