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Insect Unit for Tots with Free Printables

Sunshine has been begging for her own insect activities just like her siblings.  I was finally able to make her wish become a reality.  

Check out Sunshine's Insect Unit for Tots with Free Printables!

She couldn't be happier. 

I'm so pleased with how each and every activity and printable turned out.  

We hope you enjoy them too!

Insect Activities for Tots with Free Printables

Here's what we've been up to!

Insect Unit for Tots with Free Printables

A is for Ant

A is for Ant Activity for Kids (Free Printable)

Sunshine will press her finger into the washable black ink, and then use it to make little ants on the letter A.  Three finger prints in a row makes one ant.  

I'm interested to see how she does for several reasons.  Sunshine doesn't like getting her hands dirty.  She has weak finger muscles, rarely using her pointer finger.  And, I can't forget, she's scared of ants. 

I'm hoping by the end of the week this activity will improve all of the above concerns by just a little bit.  And, perhaps, she'll even be able to identify the letter A when she sees it.

Source: I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit for Tots Printable Pack 1.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Bumblebee Number Match Up

Bumblebee Number Match Up Activity for Kids (free printable)

This is by far my favorite activity and printable on the shelves this week. I'm so pleased with how it turned out.  

I have had absolutely no luck teaching Sunshine to count.  To this day, I have never heard her count to three.  

However, when I ask what a number is, she always responds with a number.  When we do sorting and match up activities she does fabulous.  Perhaps, she can pick up numbers a different way.

There are ten flower number cards.  Each bee, also has a number on it.  

Sunshine will match up the bees to their corresponding flower cards.  The bees attach to the flowers with velcro.  

I won't start with all ten cards, probably only four. 

When she has those mastered, I'll introduce more.  As she does the activity I can give her a very basic mini lesson about how bees collect pollen from flowers.

If your kiddo can count, I've included bumblebees without numbers to use as counters.  These can be placed below the cards.

Source: I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit for Tots Printable Pack 1.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Ladybugs are Red

Ladybugs are Red Painting Activity for Kids

Sunshine is still unable to identify her colors, however, she can sort them beautifully.  

When asked what color something is, she always responds with a color, even if it's the wrong one.  

I'm hoping this activity will help her discriminate between colors and also help with fine motor skills.

Sunshine will dip her brush in water and then select the correct color to paint her ladybug.  A ladybug figure has been provided as a control.  We'll see how she does!

Source:  I found a simple coloring page of a ladybug online to use for this activity.

Insect Two Piece Puzzles

Insect Two Piece Puzzles for Kids (free printable)

Sunshine has mastered the one piece knob puzzles, however she's still not ready for multiple piece puzzles.  

In this activity, she'll sort insect pieces and match up the correct halves.  

Chances are I won't use all six puzzles at first, but as the week progresses, I'm hoping she'll work up to that.

Source: I created this printable as part of my Insect Unit for Tots Printable Pack 1.  This is a subscriber's only freebie.  See directions at the bottom of this post on how to access your free copy.

Decorating a Butterfly

Decorating a Butterfly Activity for Kids

This activity is to help with Sunshine's fine motor skills, especially her grasp.  She will place the pom poms in the spots provided, decorating a butterfly.  

I had her practice this one already to see if she would become frustrated with it, and to see if the pom poms would fall out too easily.  

The only time the pom poms did fall out was when she wasn't looking, and accidentally hit them with her hand.  Otherwise, the activity worked beautifully.  

As she decorated her butterfly, we practiced color identification.

Note:  Sunshine no longer puts objects in her mouth.  If your tot does, I suggest using food for this activity such as Trix Cereal, M&Ms, etc.  Just like with all activities in this post, make sure you are supervising your tot 100% of the time.

Insect Play Dough Activity

Insect Stamp Play Dough Activity for Kids

A tot unit wouldn't be complete without a play dough activity.  This week Sunshine will practice stamping using play dough.  

Once again, her hand and finger muscles are very weak.  I'm hoping this activity will help her increase the strength she needs for future fine motor activities.

We're using Melissa and Doug Butterfly stamps in our playdough this week.

Insect Instruments

Insect Instruments for Kids

Sunshine loves music and dancing.  I thought it might be fun to incorporate instruments with dancing, as we listen to songs like Laurie Berkner's Buzz, Buzz, Buzz song etc.

Insect Sensory Bin

Insect Sensory Bin for Kids

I'm super excited about this sensory bin.  Sunshine's not a fan of sensory bins, so I went a new route with this one.  Food is a fabulous motivator!  What appears to be dirt is actually chocolate pudding topped with Oreo Cookie crumbs.  I'm using Melissa and Doug insects.

Once Sunshine gets over the initial freak out of getting her hands dirty, I'm hoping she'll continue to play knowing it's chocolate, and she can lick her fingers if she feels the urge.  (Obviously I'll be making a new bin each day.)  I love the fact that the cookies add texture to the pudding.

That's our week!  She's so excited about it and can't wait to get started.  For those interested in the printables, follow the directions below.

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  1. Love all the trays you laid out! My favorite is the bee/ flower number matching cards. I think I'll print it out for my 3 year old! Thanks so much!

    1. Thank you Kristina! The bee/flower activity is my favorite too. :)

  2. I love these activities thanks for sharing

  3. I Love the idea of stamping into the play dough! I had never thought of that. I also love the bee and plant work you made.
    Thanks do much for all your hard work!

    1. Thank you! The stamp and play dough thing is definitely something worth trying with little ones! Hope to see you back soon!

  4. Bumble bee number match up is my favourite!!! Great post, thanks for sharing!

  5. I love this! My 5 year old daughter LOVES not so much! but, I am excited to try this with her. She will be so thrilled! Thank you. This is a pinner!

  6. I love all your great ideas! I have a little two year old that is going to LOVE this! #alittlebirdtoldmewednesday

  7. Love that bumble bee and flower matching for the numbers!

  8. I LOVE these!! Thank you so much for sharing these with us:)

  9. Some great ideas as always!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  10. Brilliant idea!

    Thanks for linking up to the Parenting Pin It Party last week x x

  11. Where did you find all those beautiful materials?