Preschool Safari Sensory Beetle Structures Investigation Station

Little kids love to create and of course, they love bugs too! Check out this fun preschool safari sensory activity and make your own Beetle Structures using items that you probably already have at home! 

Beetle STEAM images with text: Make Your Own Beetle Structures STEAM ActivitySeriously, y’all! How is January almost over? This is our last Going on Safari post before we move on to next month’s Health & Fitness theme. And as excited as we are to move on, we’re really going to miss all of the safari fun.

preschooler making a ball of playdough
You know, because every now and again there’s a month that really stands out and this was definitely one of them.

It’s been so busy around here lately. And when life gets busy, it’s really easy to overlook the little things. But yesterday was one of those back to the basics kind of days.

preschooler pushing beads into playdough
I got up early, got my work finished quickly, and after that, it was all about us. The little guy and I made Beetle Structures, engineered bridges, and played games.

Obviously, baby girl hung out with us too. It was kinda a family play day. Even daddy joined in!

preschooler making beetle eyes using playdough
There’s a whole lot of magic in watching the two little kids together. And every time I look at them, I can’t help but smile. This is exactly the lifestyle that I envisioned when I set my heart on homeschooling.

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

preschooler pressing beads into playdough to make eyes
Preschool Safari Sensory Beetle Structures Investigation Station

Set Up

  • Set out materials for children to build and mold their own beetle. Set out materials such as playdough, toothpicks, golf tees, beads, pipe cleaners, circular bottle caps, etc. for children to explore. If desired, take a photo of the child’s beetle and hang it on the wall.

Big Questions

  • What are the body parts of a beetle?
  • What is special about your beetle?

This activity was lots of fun and the little guy had a blast making beetle structures over and over again. We actually started with red playdough and then ended up changing our minds and switching to blue.

preschooler pushing pipe cleaners into playdough
I asked the little guy to tell me about the body parts of a beetle. He told me that, “Beetles have a head with antennae and six legs.”

preschooler picking up beetle made from playdough
He also explained to me exactly how he made his beetle with the playdough.

The Investigation Station activities are definitely favorites around here. He loves creating and exploring and I love how they encourage thinking skills.

preschooler holding beetle structures STEAM made from play dough, pipe cleaners, and beads
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Health & Fitness theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

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MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #mgtblogger

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