10 Types of Butterflies and 10 Types of Ladybugs – Free Sorting Printable

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You are invited to download the picture sorting cards with ten types of butterflies and ten types of lady beetles – learning printables for preschool and kindergarten children. Use this resource with photographs to create hands-on spring and summer activities for your students. This resource will come in handy if you are planning to explore insects in your Montessori and early childhood classroom.

butterflies and lady beetles sorting cards

Print on card stock and laminate for longer use. After cutting cards, draw with marker or stick dot stickers to the back of each set – one color for each set. Place the label cards in a row. Explain the difference between the two types of insects. Invite the child to sort cards into two categories.

After the child completed the task, invite him or her to flip the cards and self-check. Each card has to be under the correct category based on the dot color.

butterflies and lady beetles sorting cards

Young children can be encouraged to match butterfly and lady beetle cards when printed twice, and draw butterflies and ladybugs they like the most using their choice of art medium.

Older children might be inspired to research and create their own books about butterflies and lady beetle that dwell in your region.

When exploring crawling creatures with your children you might like to give some of these hands-on activities a go:

  1. Make different types of insects using playdough.
  2. Gather a bug catcher, net, and a magnifying glass next time you go outdoors and invite the children to explore insects they find in the grass and catch.
  3. Turn on classical or lyrical music, give children silky scarves and invite them to improvise dancing to music flattering like butterflies.
  4. Invite the children to play charades with insect life cycles.
  5. Explore the most common insects found in your area – make a poster together with your students.
  6. Discuss in a small group all the different ways children can protect crawling creatures in their natural habitat.
butterflies and lady beetles sorting cards

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Insects and Crawling Creatures Preschool Pack

Insects and Crawling Creatures learning activity pack for preschool children aged 3-6. The invertebrate animals-themed activity pack contains printables to create a wide range of hands-on experiences for young children.

insects and crawling creatures

Students will practice building tens, work on strengthening their hand muscles with cutting, and push pinning exercises, practice identifying colors, work on developing logical thinking with sorting and matching activities, learn about the types of minibeasts, spider life cycle, parts of a honey bee, different types of beetles, broaden their vocabulary, and so much more.

The printable features true-to-life images and photographs.

Here is what’s included:

  • Montessori cards with 12 parts of a honey bee and a b&w student booklet for tracing and independent writing.
  • Clip cards with sixteen different types of butterflies.
  • Spider Life Cycle 3 Part Cards and B&W Student Booklet
  • Insects and Crawling Creatures fine motor learning activities that are a perfect addition to Spring and Summer Units.
  • 20 x bingo cards with 19 different types of beetles
  • 19 x call cards
  • Three-part cards and information cards with 27 different types of minibeasts – invertebrate animals that young children often find fascinating.
  • Insects and Crawling Creatures resource with snail and slug cards for sorting.
  • Insects and Crawling Creatures resource with cards for pairing and for working on associations.
  • Insects and Crawling Creatures – Gross Motor Dice
  • Sight Words clip cards
  • Tens – matching cards

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood Teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.


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