Minibeasts, Insects and Bugs

Minibeasts, Insects & Bugs

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Bug Hunt

Go on a bug hunt looking for insects outdoors whether it is in a garden or park, search under stones, logs and in the soil, on trees and branches and the many holes and corners around the area.

Insect Check List: Bug-Hunt-Checklist

Bug-Hunt-Checklist

Click on the link above for a picture check list to print out for the children to use during the hunt so it helps them know what they look like and they can tick them off as they find them.

Observational Drawings and Paintings of Insects from observational pots

Take a container and add some grass, leaves and soil and cover the top of the pot with cling film and make some air holes so the creatures can breathe.  Ask the children to draw or paint the insects they can see. Please make sure you put the insects back where you found them and only put them into the pots for short periods of time.

Minibeasts Movements

Encourage the children to move around like the insects. Flap their arms like the wings of a butterfly, buzz like a bee, slow like a snail or slug, crawl on the ground like a caterpillar, wiggle like a worm or hop like a cricket.

Small World Play

Provide the children with a tray of soil or sand, leaves, grass and plastic play insects for them to role play in and explore. Discuss the textures and feel of the natural objects in the tray and how the insects like leaves and grass to eat and how they crawl in the soil or sand.

Give the children a tray full of soil or sand and a worm (piece of string or make a worm shape from card) and ask the children to move the worm through the soil/sand and see what shapes and marks the worm makes. Perhaps you could make a slug or snail instead and see what marks it makes.

Ladybird Mathematical Activities

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Above is a link to pairs of ladybirds with spots on from 1 to 10. There is an option for a coloured version and a black and white version so the children can colour them in themselves. To play a matching game with the children, cut out the ladybirds and spread them out on a table, you can either leave them facing up to make it easier or face them down to make the game harder. Next the child or children should try to match the ladybirds with the same amount of spots on them. For children who need extra support for seeing the number of spots, add blobs of pva glue on to each spot on the ladybird and allow to dry. This provides bumps for the children to feel and count each spot.

Sorting Activity with Minibeasts

Cut out lots of different insects and bugs and provide the children with paper plates. One with a picture of wings on, one with 6 legs on, one with 8 legs and perhaps one plate showing an insect with no legs. Choose whatever categories that are suitable for the insects you cut out. Next ask the kids to work out and discuss which plate the insects should be on.

 

Make Symmetrical Minibeasts

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Take a piece of paper and draw on the outline of a butterfly or ladybird on to it. Fold the paper in half and ask the child to paint just one half of the insect. When they have finished fold the painting in half so the paint touches the blank side and press down firmly so the print from one side transfers on to the other side.

Playdough/Clay Bugs

Using playdough or clay ask the children to make models of insects perhaps through providing them pictures of insects to copy.

Hexagon hives

Using a hexagon shape made from sponge or cut out a hexagon shape onto half a potato, print lots of hexagons next to one another using paint to create a bee’s hive.

Worm Activities

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Digging in the garden using a spade and a bucket is the best way to find a worm, also try looking under things. If you are lucky to find one show the children how to carefully transfer the worm to a tray with soil in so they can observe the movements and features of a worm.

Sing ‘There’s a Worm at the Bottom of my Garden’:

There's a worm at the bottom of my garden,
And his name is Wiggly Woo.
There's a worm at the bottom of my garden
And all that he can do
Is wiggle all day and wiggle all night–
The neighbors say what a terrible fright!
There's a worm at the bottom of my garden,
And his name is Wiggly,
Wig-Wig-Wiggly,
Wig-Wig-Wiggly Woo!

Make A Wormery:

Equipment- soil, sand, spades, dark paper, decaying leaves, scraps of raw vegetables, two or three worms, gravel and a transparent plastic fish tank or tall sweet jar

Alternate a layer of soil then a layer of sand until nearly full. Top it with the layer of decaying leaves, gravel and raw vegetables. Help the children to put the worms in carefully at the top then cover the sides with the dark paper. Display the wormery on a table in a cool place. Keep the soil damp and after about a week remove the dark paper and see and discuss what has happened. After a week or two return the worms to their natural habitat.

Make a simple obstacle course so the children can move around the equipment like a worm for example wriggling and crawling through a tunnel or under a blanket.

Rhymes and Songs:

Incy Wincey Spider

Incy wincey spider
Climbed up the spout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the incy wincey spider
Climbed up again

There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.

There came a big spider,
Who sat down beside her.
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

 

There’s a spider on the floor

There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor
Oh who could ask for more
Then a spider on the floor
There’s a spider on the floor, on the floor

There’s a spider on my leg, on my leg
There’s a spider on my leg, on my leg
Oh he’s really really big
This old spider on my leg
There’s a spider on my leg, on my leg

There’s a spider on my stomach, on my stomach
There’s a spider on my stomach, on my stomach
Oh he’s just a dumb old lumack
That old spider on my stomach
There’s a spider on my stomach, on my stomach

There’s a spider on my neck, on my neck
There’s a spider on my neck, on my neck
Oh I’m gonna be a wreck
I gotta spider on my neck
There’s a spider on my neck, on my neck

There’s a spider on my head, on my head
There’s a spider on my head, on my head
Oh I wish that it were dead
That old spider on my head
There’s a spider on my head, on my head

 

The ants go marching

The ants go marching one by one.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching one by one.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching one by one;
The little one stops to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching down into the ground
To get out of the rain.
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching two by two.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching two by two.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching two by two;
The little one stops to tie his shoe,
And they all go marching down into the ground
To get out of the rain.
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching three by three.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching three by three.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching three by three;
The little one stops to climb a tree,
And they all go marching down into the ground
To get out of the rain.
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching four by four.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching four by four.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching four by four;
The little one stops to shut the door,
And they all go marching down into the ground
To get out of the rain.
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching five by five.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching five by five.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching five by five;
The little one stops to take a dive,
And they all go marching down into the ground
To get out of the rain.
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching six by six.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching six by six.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching six by six;
The little one stops to pick up sticks,
And they all go marching down into the ground
To get out of the rain.
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching seven by seven.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching seven by seven.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching seven by seven;
The little one stops to pray to heaven,
And they all go marching down into the ground
To get out of the rain.
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching eight by eight.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching eight by eight.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching eight by eight;
The little one stops to rollerskate,
And they all go marching down into the ground
To get out of the rain.
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching nine by nine.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching nine by nine.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching nine by nine;
The little one stops to check the time,
And they all go marching down into the ground
To get out of the rain.
Boom, boom, boom, boom!

The ants go marching ten by ten.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching ten by ten.
Hoorah! Hoorah!
The ants go marching ten by ten;
The little one stops to shout
"THE END!!"

 

Ladybird Ladybird

Ladybird, ladybird
Fly away home,
Your house is on fire
And your children all gone;
All except one
And that's little Ann
And she has crept under
The warming pan.

Two Little……

Two little caterpillars sitting on a leaf

One called Brian, one called Keith

Crawl away Brian, crawl away Keith

Come back Brian, come back Keith

 

Two little butterflies flying through the air

One called Brenda, one called Blair

Fly away Brenda, fly away blair

Come back Brenda, come back blair

Little Peter Rabbit

Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,

Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,

Little Peter Rabbit had a fly upon his nose,

So he swished and he swashed and the fly flew away.

Floppy ears and curly whiskers,

Floppy ears and curly whiskers,

Floppy ears and curly whiskers,

And he flipped it and he flopped it and the fly flew away.

Bug Mobile

Take a long strip of paper and decorate it if you wish colouring it, painting it or perhaps stick on cut out pictures of insects. Draw out several insects big enough for the children to decorate, i.e. a butterfly, snail, bee, worm. When they are decorated, cellotape a piece of string to the back of each insect and then cellotape each of them to the strip of paper, next take the strip and make a ring shape and cellotape in place. Attach some more string to the top of the mobile so it enables you to hang it up.

Finger Print Insects

On a piece of paper encourage the children to make fingerprints of different colours some using their thumbs and some with their fingers to make insects heads and bodies. For example you could do a thumb print for the bee’s body in yellow and two white finger prints on top for the wings, once dry draw on features like eyes and stripes. Other insects to try is a caterpillar with fingerprints in a long line, and an ant having 3 prints then add antlers and a face for extra details.

Threading Caterpillar

Cut out lots of coloured circles all the same size. Make a hole in the centre of each circle. To make it quicker take a piece of playdough or blue tack to protect your table and place some circles on the top, using a pencil make the centre hole so it goes right through the paper circles. Take a long piece of thick string or wool and wrap a piece of cellotape around one end (this it to make it easier to sew with). Make a knot at the opposite end to the cellotape end and ask the child to push the string through each centre hole in the circle, once you have lots of circles on the string cut off and tie up both ends. On the front circle draw on a caterpillar face and cut out and stick on two little antlers. Now they can play with the caterpillar and wiggle it all around.

Paper Plate Spider Web

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Take a paper plate and cut out the centre part. Paint the outer ring black all over. Whilst that is drying make a spider by cutting out a circle for its body and 8 legs. Ask the child to glue on the 8 legs to the body then paint it all black. Once the plate ring is dry make holes all around the outside, you can use the same technique as above in the threading caterpillar activity to make the holes. Next take a long piece of string, wrap cellotape around one end and tie a knot in the other. Encourage the child to thread the string around the plate to make a spider web. You could always print out pictures of spiders and their webs to help. When you have finished tie another knot to stop it from coming out. Next place the spider into its web.

Butterfly Cycle

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Take a paper plate and draw on lines to divide it in to 4 sections and write on the numbers 1 to 4. Next draw out an egg on a leaf, a caterpillar, a cocoon (chrysalis), and a butterfly and ask the child to colour them in. Next ask the child to help you work out the order in which it grows from egg to caterpillar, to chrysalis to butterfly, and place them on the plate in order. A great story to accompany this activity is ‘The Hungry Caterpillar’ which tells the tale about the butterfly cycle in a very colourful and interesting way.

 

 

 

Bee Collage

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Draw out a bee on to A4 paper. Find yellow, black and white material i.e. tissue paper, coloured paper, fabric and cut up into squares or small pieces. Ask the child to stick on the materials in the right place to make up the bee picture. Provide them with photos of bees so they can see what they look like.

 

Great For a Nursery/School Role Play Area- Indoor Bug Hunt

Develop a cave theme by draping camouflage netting from the ceiling and adding leaves and branches to make it look gloomy, put bark chippings, dried leaves and logs on the floor, then add plastic insects or their creations from other art and craft activities. For the children you could provide rack sacks, magnifying glasses, nets, torches, clipboards and pens. And how about making their own binoculars with two kitchen rolls glued together.

Make Spider Web Pictures

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Provide the children with pictures of spider webs and ask the children to paint glue like a web on to black or dark paper, next sprinkle glitter on the picture silver glitter works well and tip the picture up to shake off any excess glitter. Another way to make a web picture is to chalk or paint the lines of the web on to dark paper.

 

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