Very often preschoolers enjoy playing with the little bugs they find in the playground during break time. Sometimes, they even like bringing them into the classroom so they can show their discoveries to the classmates and to the teacher. Therefore, I thought that planning some lessons on bugs would be quite interesting and meaningful for them 😀
First of all, I introduce the SPIDER through this Inicy Wincy Spider story based on the nursery rhyme.
After telling the story we speak about spiders saying what colours they can be, their possible sizes, how many legs they have and if any of us has ever caught a spider or been bitten by one. They usually tend to invent stories about spider bites they have suffered haha.
We also sing the very well known Inicy Wincy Spider nursery rhyme. I really like this version, it is so catchy!!
To revise the story, I made some jigsaws using the storycards. I printed them out, laminated them and cut them out. Each storycard has been cut in a different shape so they don’t get mixed up. Once each jigsaw has been completed we order the images as we retell the story all together.
My pupils always ask me to bring them activities where they can colour, so I made this one where they have to trace the petals of the flower where the spider is sitting on and then colour Incy Wincy Spider. Click on the image to download the worksheet:
Now it is time to introduce some other bugs. Using these flashcards we discover them. I hide the flashcards around the classroom and I ask the pupils to find them. Once we have them all, we describe them physically, we speak about how they move and we tell if we have ever seen them in real life.
There is this great powerpoint game I found online to help the pupils learn the names of the insects. My pupils really liked it! Click on the image to download it.
Finally, there is this video I made of a song about four of the insects that have been presented. This way my pupils can listen to the song as many times as they want and it helps them memorise the lyrics and the movements.
It is called Insects all around. I hope you like it!