9 More Bug Tot Trays!

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Bugs – #2! This was a fun theme before and it was neat to do it again! (Look back at 10 Bug Themed Tot Trays & Activities, or look ahead to 15 Bug Preschool Trays or our fun Soil Bug House!)

Summer is winding down and it seems everywhere is inundated with the types of bugs you probably wouldn’t talk about for tot school… gnats, fruit flies, moths, etc. Thankfully, right when this theme started the bugs seemed to ease up.

The *starred items below are from Creative Preschool Resources’ Let’s Get Buggy Pack. Thank you Heather for the great pack!!

  1. Swat the Bugs
  2. Bug Hunt!
  3. Bug Patterns*
  4. Bug Cutting Practice*
  5. Read It, Build It, Write It!
  6. Feed the Bugs
  7. Bug Dough Tray
  8. Very Hungry Caterpillar & Butterfly Life Cycle
  9. Bug Stickers


Swat the Bugs

  • This is from his first set of bug tot trays!
  • The quick summary: Make Ziploc bags with a little dimension (via packing peanuts) with numbers 1-6 on them. Tot rolls a die to figure out which number bug to ‘swat’!

Bug Hunt!

  • First, used the awesome Bug Hunt printable from Mama Miss– thank you!
  • I used it because we had several of the TOOB insects that match! I just used blank white labels to cover up the few we didn’t have.
  • I put all of his bugs into a container of green Easter grass, and added his little bug habitat and two magnifying glasses
  • He enjoyed this over and over, matching the bugs to the brightly colored ones on the sheet.

Bug Patterns

Bug Cutting Practice

  • From the Let’s Get Buggy Pack
  • Color printed on cardstock. Trimmed them down so he could easily hold a piece with one hand and cut with the other.

Read It, Build It, Write It!

  • Used my blank version of this that I printed and laminated
  • I wrote the word BUG, gave him apple letters B U an G, plus wrote a version he could “trace” in the last section.

Feed the Bugs

  • This is another fun activity from our last set of bug tot trays!

Bug Dough Tray

Very Hungry Caterpillar & Butterfly Life Cycle

Bug Stickers

  • Went through his and my stickers and got a bunch out that was bug related
  • Peeled off… the backgrounds
  • Gave him colored index cards to stick the stickers on to


I feel like I always say the same thing — it was neat to see him do these things again! But you know, that’s because it’s true.

His favorite this time was the bugs in the grass. The cute printable was a big factor!

Our next theme is quite an experiment – Curious George. We are curious to learn… how he he feel about seeing a favorite character in his ‘school’?

Linked up over at Mom’s Library, Everything Kids Link & Pin Party, Mommy Monday Blog Hop, Everything Early Childhood Link Up, and the Hearts for Home Blog Hop!

Cool Books for Bug Tot Trays

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