Creepy Crawlies

Updated: Apr 28

Everything you need for a fun filled mini-beast learning unit.


This is one of my favourite themes to teach. There are so many amazing lessons that you can do with this theme and it is perfect for encouraging children to get out in nature and developing their curiosity about the natural world around them. Searching for bugs in the garden should form part of every childhood and learning about the incredible roles that insects play in our ecosystems helps them to understand our need to protect all creatures, no matter how small.


Below I have listed a few resources that I have gathered over my teaching years - From book suggestions to videos & a Pinterest board full of fun activities to try too.

I hope you will find it useful & hopefully it saves you a bit of time on your prep work.


Possible topics to cover during your bug themed unit ...

  • Classification of insects & spiders (body parts, etc)

  • Lifecycles & metamorphasis

  • Homes & habitats

  • Roles in nature

  • Pollination

  • Conservation


Cool sites for interesting bug facts ...






Books

What the Ladybird Heard







The Very Hungry Caterpillar







The Very Greedy Bee






My Butterfly Bouquet







Big book of Bugs










Videos

Videos are always a great way to capture your learners attention and I find them to be very effective in teaching concepts by including animation, movement and songs into lessons. Here are a few of my top creepy crawly videos ... You can find some more by clicking on the 'Youtube Playlist' link at the end of this list.


How a caterpillar becomes a butterfly


Pollination


How are ants so strong?



Why don't spiders stick to their webs?


Butterfly, Ladybug, Bumblebee


Austin's Butterfly


Check out our Creepy Crawlies Youtube Playlist for more themed videos.




Resources & Activities

Check out our Creepy Crawlies Pinterest Board for themed lessons & activities.

  • Arts & crafts

  • Sensory play

  • Fine motor activities

  • Movement fun

  • Science table ideas




Shopping


Nature play accessories by Cabin


Butterfly life cycle eco cutters by Nestling kids collection




Bug box by Envirokid



Themed sensory boxes by Dough Ray Me



Messy play boxes by The Messy Hub




Bug themed printables by Steph Hathaway designs



Bee Hotel from Faithful to Nature






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