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Warmer weather is here and the bugs have made their appearance! My kids get so excited during recess if they see butterflies, worms, caterpillars, ladybugs – you name it. I love to build off that interest by adding some fun, bug-themed learning activities to our day. These free Bug Addition Cards are a perfect way to get in some engaging and effective addition practice for bug lovers!
*Pair with our Insect Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Bug Addition Cards
I place mine in a small basket with dry erase markers and socks (we use kid socks for erasers – the markers fit inside and it is a great storage system!).
How to Play
I introduced this activity to my students in small groups. First, we picked up an addition card and took a minute to check out the cool bugs. 5 worms and 5 flies!
Next, we counted the bugs and wrote how many we had in the boxes, building the equation. Then we counted up all of the bugs to see how many total we had. 5 worms plus 5 flies equals 10 bugs altogether.
RELATED RESOURCE: Addition Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten
We kept picking cards and building equations until we had solved them all. When we were done we erased the cards for the next group.
The kids couldn’t wait to play again the next day!
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More Bug-Themed Fun
Looking for more bug-themed learning activities? Some of my favorite kid bloggers have put together several fun-filled, bug-filled activities that are sure to be a hit with your kids. Check them out below!
Ladybug Playdoh Math Counting Mats // Fun with Mama
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Butterfly World Play Dough Kit // Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Bug Addition Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Caterpillar Word Family Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Bug Race Math Game // The STEM Laboratory
Ant Life Cycle: First, Next, Then // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Collecting Bugs Addition Game for Preschoolers // Stay at Home Educator
3D Ladybug Counting Game // M is for Monster
Butterfly Life Cycle Hats // Playdough to Plato
Butterfly Count and Color Sort // Powerful Mothering
Visual Closure Activities Bugs Theme // Sugar Aunts
Coffee Filter Butterfly Craft for Kids // Pre-K Pages
Ladybug Spot Counting Activity // Play & Learn Everyday
Days of the Week Caterpillar // Fairy Poppins
Butterfly Memory Game // Teach Me Mommy
(Not Shown) Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly Craft // Life Over Cs