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Count the Bugs - Counting Activity for Preschoolers

This activity is a fun way to get the kiddos counting and exploring the world of bugs! Using their cognitive and fine motor skills, the children will be excited to pick up the new number of bugs and stick them onto the jar cutout from the printables included with this activity.

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Print, roll, count and stick!

This activity is a very easy way to get your kiddo counting. All you need to do is print out the printables included with this activity and then cut out the bugs. After placing some sticky tack on the back, you are ready to go! 

🙏 Fun with a friend.  If you have a couple of kiddos, then turn this into a game: whoever can get all their bugs in first wins. 

📚 Books to explore: Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth, Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, and The Bug Book by Sue Fliess.

🐛 So much to learn. While they’re interested, teach the kiddos all about bugs and how they’re nothing to be scared of.


For this activity you will need:

  • Printable jar picture

  • Printable bugs  

  • Sticky tack 

  • Dice 

  • Scissors

Learning Outcomes






Counting in meaningful ways in play and daily living


Step 1:

Print out the two printables. Cut out the jar and the bugs.

Step 2:

Place sticky tack on the back of the bugs.

Step 3:

Have the child roll the dice and pick up the corresponding number of bugs onto the jar.

⬆️ For older kiddos: Use a timer and challenge your child to place the bugs inside the jar as quickly as possible. Then, see if they can beat their high score!

⬇️ For younger kiddos: If the child is unable to read the number on the dice, read it out loud for them.

Playful Questions

  • What types of bugs are you finding? 

  • Where are some places that we can find bugs?

  • How many are already in the jar? 

  • How many dots are on the dice? 

  • What do bugs eat?

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