Activity Sheet

June 13, 2017


BOOKS We Shared


You Can Be a Nature Detective / Peggy Kochanoff

This is a classic book that early childhood educators (and parents too!) can reach for before going on a nature walk. On each page, the reader finds "clues"in the great outdoors--tracks, burrows, and other evidence of animals, seasonal changes, etc. Armed with a magnifying glass, the reader takes a closer look at the clues to discover the hidden story contained within. With minimal text on some pages and in-depth reading on others, this makes a great read-aloud for young ones or independent read for elementary students.


Small Wonders: Jean-Henri Fabre and His World of Insects / Matthew Clark Smith

A biography is a powerful way for readers to see the difference that one person can make. In this book, we learn about a young man who was fascinated with bugs. Although others ridiculed him, he pursued his passion, journaled about his nature findings, and sketched all kinds of bugs. Children will enjoy the story of a little boy who grew up to be a man that the world will not soon forget. (NOTE: Adults will enjoy reading Fabre's own writings--elegant, descriptive narratives of animal behavior.)


More BOOKS to Check Out


Ten Little Ladybugs / Melanie Gerth

Two Bad Ants / Chris Van Allsburg

Beetle Bop / Denise Flemming

The Grouchy Ladybug / Eric Carle

The Very Clumsy Click Beetle / Eric Carle

The Rose in my Garden / Arnold Lobel

I Love Bugs / Philemon Sturges

Over in the Garden / Jennifer Ward

The Bee Sneeze / Beverly Keller

The Very Lazy Ladybug / Isobel Finn

The Very Lonely Firefly / Eric Carle

Fireflies / Julie Brinkloe

The Very Quiet Cricket / Eric Carle

Crickwing / Janelle Cannon

Amazing Anthony Ant / Lorna Philpot


SONGS and RHYMES We Shared

The sense of rhythm obtained from listening to songs and rhymes will help your child to identify patterns, like rhyming words, which will help them learn to read. Because songs automatically break down words into smaller sounds through tones, singing with your child is one of the best ways develop early literacy skills.


Ladybug, Ladybug / Frank Leto (click the LINK!)


Ladybug, ladybug, (echo)

Landed on my thumb, (echo)

Crawled onto my wrist, (echo)

And crawled up to my elbow. (echo)

Ladybug, ladybug, (echo)

Crawled up my arm, (echo)

And then she flew away! (echo)


Ladybug, ladybug, (echo)

Landed on my toe, (echo)

Crawled onto my ankle, (echo)

And crawled up to my knee, (echo)

Ladybug, ladybug, (echo)

Crawled up my leg, (echo)

And then she flew away! (echo)




Oh, ladybug! Oh, ladybug!

Oh, won't you be my friend?

Oh, ladybug! Oh, ladybug!

Won't you come and visit me again? (echo)


Ladybug, ladybug, (echo)

Landed on my head, (echo)

Crawled onto my nose, (echo)

And over to my ear, (echo)

Ladybug, ladybug, (echo)

Crawled on my neck, (echo)

And then she flew away! (echo)



Head, Thorax, Abdomen

(tune of “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”)


Head (touch head), thorax (touch knees), abdomen, abdomen (touch tummy twice) 

(repeat 1st line)

Eyes (point to eyes), six legs (3 fingers on both hands, wrists at sides of ribs, wiggle fingers),

Antennae too (pointer finger on both hands, wrists on top of head, wiggle fingers). 

(repeat 1st line)


More SONGS and RHYMES to Enjoy


Five Little Ladybugs

(insert names of friends/family)


Five little ladybugs on the front door (hold up five fingers).

One flew to (name) and that left four (hold up four fingers).

Four little ladybugs, oh so wee,

One flew to (name) and that left three (hold up three fingers).

Three little ladybugs saying "howdy-do,"

One flew to (name) and that left two (hold up two fingers).

Two little ladybugs snoozing in the sun

One flew to (name) and that left one (hold up one finger). 

One little ladybug alone on the door,

It flew to (name) then there were no more (bend down last finger).

Five Little Fireflies

(count on fingers)


One little firefly shines very bright.

Two little fireflies show their lights.

Three little fireflies glimmer and glow.

Four little fireflies watch them go!

Five little fireflies fly in the night.

Blink! Blink! Blink! Blink! (open and close fingers) My! What a sight!



Here is a beehive (make a fist), but where are the bees? (shrug shoulders)

Hiding inside where nobody sees (point to fist).

Soon they’ll come out of their hive—1. 2. 3. 4, 5, BUZZZZZZZ!




Bug Safari

Take children on a walk to search for bugs. Carry along plastic magnifying glasses, various bug jars, and a camera (or camera phone). Have the children look for bugs under leaves, small pieces of wood, or rocks, and encourage them to talk about any bugs they find. Gather the collected bugs in jars and discuss what you have found--similarities, differences. Which ones are living/dead? Which ones are insects (3 body parts, six legs)? Do any of them have wings? "Capture" them by taking photos to view and discuss later. Then, release them near the location where they were collected.


More ACTIVITIES for Home


Bug Zoo

Let your children use their imaginations to create their own make-believe bugs. Set out such materials as empty yogurt and mayo tubs, cardboard tubes, egg cartons, pipe cleaners, yarn, pompoms, googly eyes, paper scraps, paint (mixed with drops of liquid soap), and glue. Then invite the children to use the materials to make "bugs." Display their creations together as a Bug Zoo.


Finger Bugs

Give your children 1-inch paper ovals or circles. Let them decorate their shapes with markers, crayons, googley eyes, etc. Help them glue their bug onto a paper strip cut to fit around a child’s finger. When the glue has dried, fasten the ends of each child's paper strip together to make a ring for wearing the bug finger-puppet.


Live Ladybugs

Ladybugs are prized by gardeners because they feed on unwanted insect pests, such as aphids. The little bugs are so popular that people often buy them to set free in their gardens. Ask at a local nursery if there is an outlet for ladybugs in your area, or check online references for live ladybugs. Then purchase an order of ladybugs for your family. When the bugs arrive, let the children help set them free in your garden and observe what happens.


Bug Snacks

Try these snack ideas with your family:

  • Ladybugs: spread red jam on biscuit rounds and top with raisin "spots"
  • Ants on a log: celery filled with nut butter, topped with raisins

FREE Learning Activities


Here are some easy-to-make learning activities that you can try at home. They are listed in order of difficulty--from most simple to most difficult. Try just one activity each day; invite your child to repeat the same activity the following day. Next, introduce the second activity; again, invite your child to repeat the same activity the following day.

Montessori tip: the child's memory of the information will be strengthened by the REPETITION each day as well as the INCREASING DIFFICULTY (first shared activity then independent activity). 


Picture Matching

Print TWO sets of these insect photos (grasshopper, black ant, housefly, ladybug, cicada, stinkbug, firefly, cricket). Cut out all the individual photos. Place them face-down on a table in a grid-like pattern. To play, invite your child to take turns turning two of the insect cards face-up. If the two cards match, the player keeps the pair. If the cards do not match, the player returns the cards to the face-down position and play proceeds to the next player. The game is over when all pairs of insect cards have been matched. (Note: young toddlers will enjoy holding one card and walking around the room to find the matching card.)

Picture/Label Matching

Print ONE set of the insect labels and cut into individual cards. Lay one set of the insect photos face-up on the table, leaving space between each of the cards. Read one of the labels, hand it to the child, and ask him to match the label to the corresponding picture card. To increase the level of difficulty, have the child read the label independently then place it with the corresponding picture card. (Note: for younger children, before beginning, point to each of the insect photos and name it; encourage your child to repeat the name after you.)