How to Study Insects Activity

Insect Activities for Preschoolers

Preschoolers will go "buggy" over this insect activity!
Learning Domains:
Science Knowledge & Skills
Materials Needed:
Clear plastic container with lid
Piece of bread
Honey or sugar
Poke air holes in the lid of the plastic container.
Invite children to tell you what they know about insects.  Describe what they look like.  Do you know the names of their body parts?  Where do they live?  What do they eat?  What do they do in the cold weather? 
What more do you want to learn about insects?
Ask if they have any suggestions on how to collect insects to observe.  Introduce the bug jar.  Based on their suggestions, try different collection methods.
Teach the children about the 4 L's* for studying insects (and other living things).
  • LOOK at them
  • LEARN about them
  • LET them go
  • LEAVE them alone
How to Study Insects Activity.  Plastic jar for insects image.    How to Study Insects Activity Image 2.  Plastic jar lid with holes.  
Day 1 Day 2
  • Wet a piece of bread and cover it with sugar or honey.
  • Put the bread in the jar.
  • Find a place outside where you can keep the jar overnight
  • Place the jar on its side without the lid
  • When all the children arrive the next day, check the jar.
  • If you capture any insects, place the lid on and bring the jar inside.
  • Spend the day observing the insects.
  • At the end of the day - let them go!
Review with the children all the things you learned about insects and create a plan for sharing your findings with families and friends!
Activity adapted from:
*4 L's first seen at
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