This year, we’re jumping into The Good and The Beautiful curriculum. We’ve fallen madly in love with the simplicity and ease of use. And while we’ve always been “unit study” homeschoolers, the fact that The Good and The Beautiful (TGATB) science is split into unit studies is a huge plus for me. This year, we’re starting with the bug unit study (arthropods.)
But, as most homeschoolers do, I just wanted to add some fun and engaging activities to surround my kids with while we complete the unit studies. Since we’re starting off with TGATB Arthropods unit, it only seemed fair that I share our plans. And since the curriculum itself is so cheap, I was able to splurge a little more than usual and grab several manipulatives, games and books that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford.
50+ Bug Unit Study Ideas
A fun book that walks you through the steps to create a bug from the provided papers. This is the PERFECT book to keep hands busy while you read aloud to the kiddos.
With giant fold-out pages, this book is jam-packed full of life-size bugs. Kids will love reading all about the bugs they’re studying and the bite-size chunks of information make it easy to comprehend.
Learn about creepy crawler’s habitats through vibrant pictures, colorful pages and hands-on sticker fun. Kids will not only enjoy learning the facts, but will also practice counting and more skills while using this fun sticker-book.
With everything from why bees buzz to why butterflies flitter, this book covers it all. With whimsical illustrations and fun facts, kids will devour the entire book!
One of our absolute favorite books because it covers all of the tiniest details about all aspects of nature, this one is worth it’s weight in gold!
This book is crammed full of gorgeous illustrations and tons of information that’ll make you love and appreciate some of the world’s hardest working insects.
Learn all about creepy crawlie bugs with this fun life-the-flap book. Kiddos will fall in love with the way bugs live, what they eat and all the details they’ve ever wanted to know about.
As with everything by National Geographic, kids will dive into this book and get lost for hours on end. If you have a reluctant reader, I highly recommend this book, as they will absolutely love it!
Where’s Waldo, bug style! Kids will love finding each bug, all while learning fun facts and creepy information that they’ve never known.
Follow along with ants and see why they’re always working so hard! Get a sneak peek inside the day in a life of some of life’s most fascinating creatures.
Learn quick facts, stats and info, all while having a blast!
Vibrant photos cover each Bingo card, drawing kids in to enjoy the game. Besides that, who doesn’t love a classic game of Bingo?!?
This board game will help kids understand more about the creatures that crawl through their gardens and hide beneath their feet.
The vivid photographs in this game make learning about insects even more fun! This game is a blast for kids and adults of all ages.
Help the Queen Ant find her babies in the maze of underground tunnels in this fast and fun board game!
At our house, we love anything by Professor Noggin because we know it’ll provide hours of fun that will make kids forget they’re even learning!
Race against other players to locate your cards, while enjoying the colorful and friendly bugs on each card. Once they’ve completed the task, the winner shouts “BUG OUT!”
Young kids will love practicing their colors, shapes and numbers with this fun game by Peaceable Kingdom.
Filling your space with gorgeous artwork and decor is just one fun way to keep kids curious about your topic. Opt for detailed posters, colorful wall hangings or simple decor to draw kids in.
With so many fun options, your bug unit study will be one that the kids will be talking about for years to come!