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Bugs and Bottle Tops

Bugs and Bottle Tops - simple, fun fine motor activity for kids.

Bugs and Bottle Tops is a simple and fun activity for kids to play with. It is a great opportunity for children to develop their fine motor skills.

The activity can be incorporated into a science topic such as bugs or insects or learning about the letter B learning centre and also an opportunity to sort, classify and match colours.

We have been exploring bugs in our Pre-Primary (5 year olds) science program, sharing books about them, searching for bugs in the playground with magnifying glasses, bringing some bugs into the classroom and observing them. We have also been drawing and labelling them.

The Bugs and Bottle Tops was a small group (2-3 children) activity that was set up in our classroom with purpose of provide an opportunity for developing their fine motor skills and linking it to bug theme we have been covering in science. The class had so much fun with this activity, sorting, matching and classifying the bugs and coloured bottle tops. We also discussed that if these pretend bug counters were real-life bugs, how would we need to pick them up without hurting them. It was so wonderful to see children carefully picking up the bugs by the body and not the legs as these could break off easily.

What you will need?

Invitation to play with bugs and bottle tops - fine motor exploration activity

You will need tweezers or min tongs, assortment of bottle tops and bugs or insect counters.

Let’s Play Bugs and Bottle Tops

Fine motor science centre activity - bugs and bottle tops

Some Ideas:

  • Use the tweezers to pick up the bugs and place them into the bottle top.
  • Turn the bottle tops over and place the different bugs sitting on top rather than inside the bottle top.
  • Have a variety of bottle top and plastic lids sizes.
  • Sort and match the bugs to the same colour bottle tops.
  • Introduce other items that children can place the bugs onto such as blocks.
  • Problem solving – what can we do with the bugs that are too big to fit into the bottle tops?

Let’s Learn

Matching and sorting colours with bugs and bottle tops - fine motor activity

Sorting and matching the different coloured bugs with the same colour bottle top.

Fine motor activity moving bugs with tweezers onto a token or counter

If you do not have bottles, you could also use large counters or tokens, blocks, a muffin or cupcake tin turned upside down and branch circles.

Learning Opportunities

  • Fine Motor Development – strengthens hands, wrists and fingers.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Control
  • Concentration
  • Colour recognition – matching
  • Sorting, matching and classifying
  • Language development – names of bugs and colours
  • Problem solving  – overcoming challenges

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Hi and welcome to Learning 4 Kids!

My name is Janice and I am an Early Childhood Teacher in Australia.

I have a strong passion and love for teaching and creating meaningful learning experiences for my students. What I love most is watching children discover in those amazing light bulb moments. I hope Learning4kids brings you some useful ideas.

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