One of the nice things about winter is the fact that we don’t have to deal with any bugs. That doesn’t mean we can’t learn about them though!
When we did a unit study on insects, I went looking for great resources online. Here are some of my favorites.
- Here’s a lesson plan with handouts about insects for older kids. The handout is fabulous! I love the idea of having kids draw insects for specific lives like “An insect that eats other insects that live on the top of flowers.”
- Here’s a preschool lesson plan for making bugs from playdough and natural materials.
- And here’s a nice basic page that tells about what body parts insects have and what they use them for.
- If you have a sweet tooth, you could also just make up these edible insects made with sandwich cookies and other goodies.
- Lastly, here’s a craft our family came up with on the theme.
All of these are pretty adaptable for multiple ages, including fairly young kids.
Once it warms up and thaws out here in Minnesota, you can also involve the kids in scavenger hunts for insects (bring along an ID guide to extend the fun), photography challenges and more, too.