Bugs and Butterflies Preschool Activity Plans

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24 Interactive Bugs and Butterflies Theme activity plans for young children

Get ready for fun and learning with all our preschool activity plans. These bug and butterfly lesson plans for preschool are packed with literature-based plans that are easy to prepare and fun to do.

Just like all of our themed activity plans, the bug and butterfly activities for preschool included in this activity plan are created around a set of high quality, classic bug and butterfly themed books that your preschoolers will love. We have included the list of books below so that you can grab them from your public library or purchase them for your personal library so that you can use these activities year after year.  

recommended ages for preschool activity plans" 3-5 years old


sample activity from bugs and butterflies activity plans for preschool

What are the benefits of the bugs and butterflies preschool activity plans?

  • Explore a variety of themed hands-on bug and butterfly theme for preschool activities!
  • Build vocabulary and early literacy skills with preschool songs about butterflies and bugs and circle time games!
  • Get learners ready for school with bug and butterfly printable activities!
  • Develop math skills with number recognition and counting activities.
  • Our insect science experiments and fun bug and butterfly crafts for kids bring out the creativity in your preschoolers!

These easy-to-follow bug and butterfly activity plans include modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all of your preschoolers.

Every theme comes with recommended bug and butterfly books, easy crafts, songs, material lists and more.

list of skills covered in the preschool activity plans


Mini Bug & Butterfly Themes included within the Bugs & Butterflies Activity Plans :

Butterflies, Caterpillars, Insects

Recommended Reading:

• “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” by Eric Carle
• “Inch by Inch,” by Leo Leonni
• “The Very Quiet Cricket,” by Eric Carle
• “Bugs A to Z,” by Caroline Lawton
• “Butterfly,” by Petr Horacek

Bugs and Butterflies preschool activity plans materials list

Bugs & Butterflies Themed Activities at a glance:

What is included in the Bugs & Butterflies Preschool Activity Plans?

math and literacy activities list for bugs and butterflies preschool activity plans


• Pool Noodle Name Caterpillar

• Insect Letter Formation

• Caterpillar Alphabet Crawl

• Story Retelling

• Alphabet Matching Puzzles



• Inchworm Measuring

• Counting Inchworms

• Ladybug Counting Craft

• Butterfly Counting Cards

• Inchworm Play Dough Activity

list of bugs and butterflies science activities


• Handprint Butterfly Life Cycle

• Build Your Own Insect

• Drink Like a Butterfly

bug and butterfly theme sensory and art activities


• Bug Sensory Bin

• Sensory Butterfly



• B is for Butterfly

• Egg Carton Snails

• Stone Bugs

fine motor and gross motor activities for bug and butterflies preschool theme

Fine motor:

• Fine Motor Bug Sorting Activity

• Hungry Caterpillar Game

Gross motor:

• Bug Exercises

• Sticky Spiderweb

music and circle time activities for preschool bug and butterflies theme


• Make Your Own Cricket Wings


Circle Time:

• Butterfly Color Activity

Who Developed the Bugs & Butterflies Activity Plans for Preschoolers?

Developed by a team of talented teachers and parents, these bug & butterfly preschool activities range from whole group butterfly crafts for preschool to active learning games. All activity plans have been carefully crafted and kid tested!

Whether you are a new teacher developing an entire preschool curriculum, a veteran teacher searching for new inspiration, or a parent homeschooling your preschooler, you’ll find everything you need in these Bug & Butterfly Preschool Activity Plans.

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