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Bug Addition Cards


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!

Work on beginning addition with these fun and free Bug Addition Cards for Kindergarten small groups and math centers!

Bug Addition Cards

These addition cards are fairly easy to prepare. Simply print them out and laminate them for repeated use. After cutting them out, you are almost ready to go!

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!).

I place the laminated addition cards in our math centers with dry erase markers for writing.

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.

Students practice one-to-one correspondence as they point to each bug to count them.

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!

After counting, kids write the equation in the boxes below the bug pictures.

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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!

20 bug and butterfly activities for kids

Ladybug Playdoh Math Counting Mats // Fun with Mama

Get the Bugs Out Sensory Bin // Coffee Cups and Crayons

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


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