The little explorers in your class will love getting to create and investigate some fun bug sensory bottles! These ideas are yet another great addition to your master list of sensory bottles.
I don’t know about you, but I sure know a ton of preschoolers who are fascinated with bugs. I can’t say that I share in their fascination as an adult. But I do remember always searching for bugs in the backyard as a kid.
I love fostering the kids’ interest in bugs by taking them outside and letting them explore. Sometimes I’ll give them a magnifying glass to see how many different types of bugs they can find. Other times, the kids take the initiative to explore on their own, showing off their caterpillars on sticks to anyone who will look!
Why not let the kids discover bugs inside in the form of sensory bottles?! That’s why I’ve created a list of some of my absolute favorite bug discovery bottles!
To be clear, when I say “bug” sensory bottles, I’m not talking about anything in particular. I’m mainly just referring to very small creatures with legs, who live outside. (That’s my personal preference, anyway!)
Bug Sensory Bottles
Regardless of what these creatures are classified as, the kids will really get a kick out of making and exploring the buggy sensory bottles. And, not to mention, they’ll learn so much along the way!
In our butterfly sensory bottles, children will learn all about the life cycle of a butterfly!
The kids will have a blast playing “I spy,” and searching for their favorite bugs, with our simple insect sensory bottle.
The children will be “buzzing” over our bee sensory bottle. It will make rainy days just that much more fun!
Our next set of ideas, the spider sensory bottles, are great for a wide variety of themes: spiders, Halloween, bugs, or for those students who just love spiders!
Our glow-in-the-dark sensory bottle is the perfect balance of creepy and cool! The kids are sure to be amazed by this one.
Fireflies and Mud Pies created the colorful butterfly spring glitter jar. This jar will give your students a vibrant start to springtime!
Just like being outside, the kids will search through the “grass,” finding bugs in the discovery bottle and matching mat from No Time for Flashcards.
The kids will really enjoy watching the fluttering butterflies slowly float to the bottom of the DIY butterfly calm down jar from Rhythms of Play.
The Imagination Tree has a great series of DIY I-spy bottles which just so happens to include a great bug-themed bottle!
The Chaos and The Clutter put together a unique set of materials to create these super-interesting creepy crawly sensory bottles!
Bug Sensory Bottle Materials
Now that you’ve got a plethora of ideas at your disposal, it’s time to gather some materials. Here’s a list of some things to have on hand:
Even More Bug Sensory Bottles and Play Ideas
Don’t let the fun of discovering bugs stop there! Here are some more fun bug sensory ideas:
Use our printable ladybug puzzle and sensory bin as-is, or change it up and create a sensory bottle with it! You really can’t go wrong with ladybugs – my students have always loved them!
Your students will love getting to assemble The Very Hungry Caterpillar – DIY discovery bottle gift box from Kids Play Space when presented as an invitation to play.
Let the kids get their hands dirty with the bugs in muck sensory play from No Time for Flashcards.
Pair the bug hunt sensory bin from The Chaos and The Clutter with some fun explorer tools to take the kids on a bug hunt!
In the buried bug sensory bin and bug bath from Little Bins for Little Hands, the children will not only get to search for their favorite bugs, but they’ll get to clean them up too!
What are your preschoolers’ favorite bug activities? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!
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