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 ...


What the Ladybird Heard

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Greedy Bee

My Butterfly Bouquet

Big book of Bugs


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


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


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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