With spring in full swing, we are enjoying studying all sorts of interesting topics pertaining to nature and the outdoors! We are so excited to spend more time outside in nature. Today, I am sharing a really fun way to explore insect activities for preschoolers.
Y has been loving working on our garden – although sadly due to construction work, we have only been busy in the front yard because the back yard is still filled with construction materials and work on our extension.
Nonetheless, we have been getting out as much as possible until Y got the chicken pox! To distract him, I created a fun nature themed exploration to distract him from what he calls his ‘bumps’. These fun cards can be used in so many ways to explore insects – a fun, spring theme!
Our Montessori Spring: Insect Magnifying glass cards
Why: These beautiful cards can be used for multiple purposes. You can use them to introduce children to insects. These cards feature beautiful, realistic images of various insects.A very fun extension that we love with works like this is simply to present the small cards with a magnifying glass. This allows children to really explore the details on the cards and think about what it is that they are seeing.
Young children love to study details! They find small objects fascinating. The use of a magnifying glass can be a lovely addition to a study of insects. You can also take the magnifying glass outside to explore real insects!
To add a fun aspect other than just exploring the insects themselves, there are two of each card – one small and one large. You can present these cards as a size sorting work where the children sort the cards based on large or small insects.
Sorting is a very important math skill that children need to understand before being able to count. By sorting items that belong together, they are developing logic skills and pre-math skills!
How to create your own insect activities for preschoolers
There are several ways you can use these cards to set up several different insect activities for preschoolers or even toddlers!
Present the cards with a magnifying glass. Let the child explore both the small and large cards. These cards can be used in this way to introduce children to insects.
Don’t forget to get outside with your magnifying glass and search for real insects! Just be sure that it’s not too sunny so we don’t burn the insects.
Present the cards as a matching work. Ask the child to match the small images to the large images.
Use the cards as a sorting work. Ask children to sort the cards by size – large vs small.
Get your set of Insect Printables!
- 2 size label cards
- 14 large realistic insect cards
- 14 small realistic insect cards
This article is part of 4 part series
Read all of the articles from the participants in this series
Spring Nature Table Inspirations by I Believe in Montessori
Realistic life cycle of a butterfly cutting strips by Uno Zwei Tutu
Spring; Silkworms activities by Slow Montessori