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Do your preschool and kindergarten students ever need a break? Grab this set of free printable bug movement cards and help improve your student’s focus with gross motor movements.

What’s Included in the Bug Movement Cards?

The file includes 16 bug action cards with these exercises:

  • flutter like a butterfly
  • munch like a caterpillar
  • wriggle like a worm
  • wait like a cocoon
  • pollinate like a bee
  • zip like a housefly
  • crawl like an ant
  • buzz like a hive
  • twirl like a ladybug
  • hop like a grasshopper
  • slide like a snail
  • tiptoe like a spider
  • creep like a slug
  • fly backwards like a dragonfly
  • catch a firefly
  • roll up like a pill bug

Add some enthusiasm while demonstrating the actions, and your students will catch on quickly. The cards are best used with the prompting of a teacher (or group leader—if you want to have one of the kids take the lead).

You can roll on the floor like a pill bug. You can swoop in the air for a firefly. You can even flap your arms and walk backwards to fly like a dragonfly. Have fun imagining and acting out the bug actions!

Consider using big, dramatic movements to help your students get their wiggles out.

For extra educational fun, sort the creepy crawlers (bug cards) into two piles: insects and bugs. You can use this as a discussion about what an insect is vs. what a bug is.

How to Use the Bug Exercise Cards for Kids

  1. Download the file of action cards.
  2. Print the cards on cardstock.
  3. If desired, laminate for durability.
  4. Cut out the cards.

You can use the cards in a variety of ways. Here are a few ideas:

Put them in a jar. When your student gets the wiggles, let her choose one and act out the insect movement card together.

Let your student choose a buggy workout! He could pick and line up 3-5 of the action cards and then lead you through the exercises.

Play a hide and go seek game. Hide the cards around the house. When your student needs a break from schoolwork, go on a hunt for a card. Find one (or two or three!) and act out the exercises together.

These cards would also make a great classification exercise. Sort the cards into two groups: insects and not insects. Spiders, slugs, snails, pill bugs, and earthworms are creepy and crawly, but they are not insects.

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