My sons love bugs. They go buggy every time a boxelder bug wanders by and stare in fascination when they encounter a spider weaving its web (not around our home mind you, we have Nashville’s best protecting it). From an adult perspective, bugs are disgusting. Flies, for instance, dumpster dive then land on kitchen counters! Roaches scurry through the sewer then across the table where dinner is laid out. But for kids, bugs really are fascinating. To help you encourage your little one’s exploration of insects, I’ve compiled a list of activities, books and sites that my family enjoys!
Insect coloring pages
Print off the cutout and coloring pages below, grab the crayons, scissor and glue and you’re good to go!
Click here to download coloring pages
Click here to download cutout
Visit Pinterest for fun, bug crafts like this bug hat or run a quick Google and you’ll find lots of ideas like this Styrofoam ant project
Games, videos and more
Stop by pestworldforkids.org to learn more about ants, bees, and other insects, play a couple of bug-related games and explore other activities on the site.
Read up on bugs
Encourage reading and their love of bugs with these fun stories:
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! By Bob Barner
On Beyond Bugs by Dr. Suess
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I love Bugs by Phileomon Sturges
Living in a world full of bugs provides plenty of fodder for young explorers however it does have its drawbacks as well. Namely, when insects threaten people and property. Here in Nashville, there are many bugs that become a nuisance or worse inside homes, which is why our family does what it does. For local pest control services that will protect your family and your home, contact All-American Pest Control today.