Monday, April 14, 2014

Simple Bug Activities for Kids {Denise Fleming Virtual Book Club for Kids}

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Each month we host Virtual Book Club for Kids and choose a new author to feature. 

This month we are featuring Denise Fleming and we selected to craft and play along with the book In the Tall, Tall Grass. We have some fun & simple bug activities to share with you since our favorite characters in the book were bugs!

In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming is all about little critters that live in the grass... caterpillars, ants, bees, beatles, etc. The illustrations are gorgeous and the action words are so fun to re-enact while reading.

Our first bug activity features one of our favorite toys... sticky bugs! We did a silly bug catch game with them!

You can usually buy these sticky bugs at Target in the party favor section or at other party stores. They are squishy, stretchy, and sticky. My kids are OBSESSED with them.

Once you have a handful of sticky bugs, grab a bowl or colander or something easy to help you collect the bugs.

This next step is the silliest. Take all of your sticky bugs and throw them up to the ceiling or on your wall.

This part is almost like my worst nightmare coming true... bugs falling from the ceiling!!

The bugs will stick for a bit and then start falling! My kids had a blast running around with their big bowls trying to catch the bugs as they fell! My husband and I even had a good time playing. 

While they ran around the kids talked about the colors of the bugs. We also counted the bugs as they dropped. They even practiced working together and taking turns... since sometimes both of the older kids wanted to catch the same bug.

It was adorable to see my littlest running around trying to play too.

Once the kids each had a bowl of bugs they took a break for a bit and then played again. This activity can be never-ending until the sticky bugs start getting dirty. After they've been handled too much or dropped on carpet a few too many times, we stop throwing them at my pretty ceiling since I don't want to be making dirty marks up there :)

Have you ever done any activities with sticky bugs? Have any favorite silly activities that your kids LOVE?

In addition to playing with sticky bugs, we have several other bug activities that we enjoy doing.

Here are five of our other favorite bug crafts & activities for kids...

Easy Ant Puppet

Alphabet Bug Spray

Name Bugs

The Bees Knees Game

Caterpillar Color Sorting

Did you read a Denise Fleming book and do a book inspired craft or activity? If so, come add your blog post to our Virtual Book Club for Kids Blog hop linky below... or just hop over to our Facebook page and share an idea or a photo there.

Can't wait to see what you share!


  1. What creative ideas! I bet your kids enjoyed every one of them. Fun learning...that's the best.

  2. I love how creative and fun the sticky bug play was for the whole family!


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