Bug Books for Kids


Bug Books for Kids

We are kicking off Bug Week with some super fun bug books.  Even though bugs can be a little creepy at times, it is so interesting to learn more about them. My kids get a kick out of telling me new facts and these books are sure to deliver fun bug facts.


So grab your library card or get ready to hit up Amazon. Here’s our list of top Bug Books for Kids!

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Bugs A to Z
bugs ant cities

Ant Cities by Arthur Dorros

bugs best book of

The Best Book of Bugs

bugs clara caterpillar

Clara Caterpillar by Pamela Duncan Edwards

bugs galore

Bugs Galore by Peter Stein

bugs grouchy lady bug

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

bugs hey, little ant

Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hanna Hoose

bugs honey bee man

The HoneyBee Man by Lela Nargi and Kyrsten Brooker

bugs honey makers

The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons

bugs hungry caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

bugs its a firefly night

It’s a Firefly Night by Dianne Ochiltree

bugs lady bugs

Ladybugs by Gail Gibbons

bugs monarch butterfly

Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons

bugs ten little caterpillars

Ten Little Caterpillars by Bill Martin Jr and Lois Ehlert

bugs very busy spider

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

bugs waiting for wings

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert


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Bugs Activities and Printables

Bugs Activities and Printables - so many fun crafts to keep kids busy this summer!

To kick off our Bugs Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more! Printables Catch a Bug Game from Picklebums Bugs Playdough Mats from Picklebums Butterfly Count and Clip Cards from Modern Preschool Pom Pom Caterpillars from The Red Kitchen Butterfly Life Cycle Activity from Stay at Home Educator Bug BINGO from Mommy Magic! Activities Bug Crafts from Paging Fun Mums Playdough Bug Fossils from No Time For Flash Cards Honey Bee Craft from Glued to My Crafts Crown of Grass from Creative Connections for Kids No Sew Caterpillar from Love & Lollipops Straw Painting Butterflies from Still Playing School 3D Paper Ladybug Craft from Crafty Morning Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We will give you all of the ideas, supply lists, book ideas and more to make this a smooth summer program to enjoy at home.  [Read More…]

4th of July Jello Parfaits


  4th of July Jello Parfaits A quick little idea to share today!  We make these Blue and Red 4th of July Jello every year and wanted to share them with you today. What you need: 1 large packet of jello (blue or red) Cool Whip or you can make whipped cream Raspberries or Strawberries or Blueberries:) Plastic Clear cups Prepare the jello following the instructions on the box.  Pour the jello liquid into the clear cups.  Allow the jello to set up overnight in your fridge.  The next morning, add whipped cream and berries to the top. We add festive toppers to the parfaits.  We found these adorable Pinwheels last year. The kids LOVE having their own mini parfait.  The perfect cool treat for a hot summer day! We also love to make blue cupcakes, with white frosting and star sprinkles.  What are your favorite treats to make for the 4th of July? Be sure to check out our [Read More…]

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America Week Recap

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America week is all about the red, white and blue! From printables to educational books, this week has it all. Paper Firecrackers by Tried & True. 4th of July Parade Flags Patriotic HedBanz Patriotic Activities and Printables 14 Books about America Be sure to check out the other 11 weeks in our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide! Pin It

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Patriotic HedBanz

America HedBanz

We love playing HedBanz! It’s such a fun game that the whole family can get into. I’ve created an American version to help you pass the time waiting for fireworks. The kids will have a great time playing Patriotic HedBanz, and can learn a few things about our country’s history and some of our symbols. Heck, the adults might even learn a thing or two. All printables are property of The Crafting Chicks, LLP. For personal noncommercial use only. It’s good karma to leave a comment if you download. Other versions of HedBanz: Lucky HedBanz, Valentine’s HedBanz   Be sure to check out our other America posts as part of our Summer Surivival Guide! Pin It

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4th of July Parade Flags

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We’ve been having so much fun trying out the MINC machine from Heidi Swapp..and adding foil to fun projects.   This one is great for the 4th of July!  Festive Parade flags! I used Heidi Swapp’s patterned paper and added red and blue foil to the 12×12 paper. Then I cut each paper into 4 inch strips.  At the bottom I cut out a triangle to make a pennant shape. We glued these flags around wooden sticks and added silver sparkly stars!  My kids are excited to wave these cute festive flags on the 4th.  Happy Birthday USA! Check out our other posts from America Week as part of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide! Pin It

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Paper Firecrackers


Looking for a fun 4th of July themed project you can easily make with your kids? Look no further because it doesn’t get much easier than these Paper Fireworks! This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience and to assist in the maintenance of this site. Paper Fireworks Materials Paper Fireworks Free Printable Colors/Scissors/Tape Streamers (I used a small strip of Oly-Fun) Straw Step One. Print out the Paper Fireworks Free Printable on regular printer paper. I made most of the designs somewhat generic just in case you want to make these all Summer long. Also included a blank one just in case any of your kids really want to customize it! Step Two. Have your kids color in the designs they want. As I mentioned above, I left the majority of the printable neutral enough to use year round! Step Three. Cut a strip of Oly-Fun (or any other light material) into fringe and tape in place at [Read More…]

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DIY Paper Camera for Kids


As many of you know we are honored to work with Michaels as part of the Michaels Makers. Michaels is offering a kids’ summer crafting program, Passport to Imagination, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am – noon from June 14-July 31 at every Michaels location across the U.S.  Passport to Imagination takes kids on an imaginary seven-week summer road trip from the beach to main street and more! We were excited to join in celebrating Main Street Week. Main Street USA reminds me of fun street shops and great photo opportunities with family.  My girls are always wanting to take pictures and would love to have a camera of their own.  I decided to make DIY Paper Cameras with them and we even added some pictures that they could stick inside so it feels like they are taking real pictures.   To start you will need to download a Paper Camera Template. I found this template online but could never find a source. I pulled it into Photoshop and [Read More…]

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America Books for Kids

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America Books for Kids Be sure to check out our activities that go along with these America Books for Kids as part of America Week.   America A Patriotic Primer by Lynne Cheney Smart About the Fifty States   L is for Liberty by Wendy Lewison The Night Before the Fourth of July by Natasha Wing O, Say Can You See?  by Sheila Keenan So You Want to Be President?   The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia A. Pingry The 4th of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates The Flag we Love by Pam Munoz Ryan The Pledge of Allegiance We the Kids by David Catrow The Story of the Statue of Liberty This Land is Your Land   Pin It

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Wooden Stars


This post is sponsored by Macmillan. Post may contain affiliate links. A few years ago these wooden stars appeared in my Old Glory post and many people asked where they came from. Inspired by the upcoming 4th of July holiday and my latest read, Blueprints, about a mother-daughter carpenter pair, I decided to share a tutorial for them. My mom had made them for me many years ago and I didn’t have a pattern for them. But with the help of my math genius husband, it took a while to figure all of the angles out, we have the instructions for you today! You’ll need a length of 1×3″ pine to begin with. Using a compound miter saw cut them to the lengths and angles below. I drew a picture because I knew there was no way I could explain the lengths and angles just by using words. Use a brad nailer to nail them together. Here’s a tricky angle. [Read More…]

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