Safari Beetle STEAM

Little kids love to create and of course, they love bugs too! Check out this fun preschool Safari Beetle STEAM and make your own Beetle Structures while exploring natural & earth science and practicing fine motor skills using items that you probably already have at home!

Don’t forget to add this quick and easy idea to your list of STEAM Activities for preschoolers!

collage of Safari Beetle STEAM images with text: Safari Beetle Sensory Activity STEAM for KidsSeriously, friends! 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.

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

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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.

preschooler making a ball of playdough
The little guy and I made Beetle Structures, engineered bridges, and played lots of fun games. Obviously, baby girl hung out with us too. It was definitely a great day! Even daddy joined in!

preschooler pushing beads into playdoughThere’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.

preschooler making beetle eyes using playdough

Safari Beetle STEAM

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?

preschooler pressing beads into playdough to make eyesThis activity was lots of fun and the little guy had a blast making these cute beetle activities for preschoolers 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 creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor 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!

collage of Safari Beetle STEAM images with text: Safari Beetle STEAM Activity for Preschoolers

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