Noah is both fascinated with, and petrified by insects at the moment.
The big kids are always digging up worms, or hunting for witchetty grubs, or finding some other creepy crawly, and Noah really wants to join in. He’s curious and interested in the beginning, and wants to hold the worm, just like Izzy. He will even put his hand out to take the worm, but the second that thing moves he turns into a little puddle of freaked out tears.
And yet he is so desperate to be part of it and he talks about finding bugs constantly.
A while ago, Zoe and Izzy took him out to find some butchy boys (also know as slaters, pill bugs and wood louse – what do you call them?) thinking that they were small, not slimey, non scary kinds of bugs. They collected a few in a jar and Noah even held one without totally freaking out… it was a big day for the budding bug lover!
Now, every day Noah asks to go outside and find more butchy boys, but despite being spring here, it has pretty much rained every day this week. It’s not exactly good bug hunting weather.
Today it finally stopped raining, but Noah took a tumble this morning and has an enormous lump on his head, which is also not good for bug hunting. But, I have been cooking up a little surprise for him this week and this morning I left it on the table for him to discover…
Catch a Bug Game!
Free printable catch a bug game pdf.
A dice, or two.
An extra dice or small square wooden block.
You can download and print the game boards and bug pieces in pdf format here.
The pdf contains six different game boards with a big jar on each sheet. You can laminate or contact the game boards for extra durability if you like.
The pdf also contains a sheet of bugs. Depending on how you play the game and how old your child is you will need to print out multiple copies of this sheet. Cut out each bug’s circle to make the playing pieces.
At the bottom of the bug sheet is a set of six coloured dots, use these dots to make a colour dice. Cut them out and glue them on to your extra dice or onto a small square wooden block. We just used a simple glue stick to glue ours on and it worked well.
How to Play:
The idea behind this game is really simple… put the little bugs in your jar. How you do that will depend on what version of the game you want to play.
Simple Colour Sorting Bugs.
Without using the dice, just arrange the playing boards and bugs on the table and encourage your child to sort the bugs into the jar with the matching coloured lid. This is an easy, non-competitive game for a small child who is learning colours.
Simple Catch a Coloured Bug Game.
Give each player a playing board and place the bugs in the middle of the table. The more players you have the more bugs you’ll need. Using the colour dice each player takes turns to roll the dice and then put that colour bug in their jar.
This can be played as a non-competitive game which is great for kids who are just learning how to take turns and follow rules. If you want to have a winner then give each child a matching set of coloured bugs – say 3 of each colour. If you roll a colour and you don’t have any bugs of that colour left you miss a turn, and the first to get all their bugs in the jar is the winner.
Count and Catch a Bug Game.
Give each player a playing board and place a pile of bugs in the middle. The more players you have the more bugs you will need. Using a regular dice, each player takes turns to roll the dice and put that number of bugs in their jar. The first person to fill their jar with bugs wins.
For older children use two dice and add both numbers together. Or make it really tricky by using the colour dice too, so players have to put the right number and colour of bugs in their jar.
Do your kids like bugs and creepy crawlies? Do you?
This post is part of the Spring Blog Hop, a series of posts by some awesome Aussie play bloggers.
Check out the list below for more fabulous ideas and activities for kids. It doesn’t have to be spring to enjoy these ideas!
Mother Natured – Nature’s Glitter
Danya Banya – Nature Art
Triple T Mum – Glittery Gelatin Butterfly Sun Catcher
The Craft Train – Spring Butterfly Art
One Perfect Day – Spring Scavenger Hunt
Childhood101 – An Invitation to Play: Flower Shop
Just for Daisy – Flower Fairy Cards