A fun bug bingo game for your young bug enthusiasts! Bingo is a great way to learn about different bugs and insects with your kids.
Looking for an engaging way to get your kids excited about bugs and insects? This free printable insect bingo game is wonderful for kids ages three and up!
8 Unique Bingo Cards with a set of Calling Cards.
Perfect for a small group setting such as homeschooling, summer camps, and gatherings.
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Each bingo card features realistic images of bugs. Many that you may find outside even in your own backyard!
Whether you have a child who loves everything bugs and insects or one who is not so sure about the world of creepy crawlies, this game is for you.
This printable bingo game is fun for children in preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school! A fun way to get your kids excited to learn about the natural world around them.
Directions for how to access a PDF version of the insect bingo game can be found at the bottom of this post.
Skills to Practice
- Insect Identification
- Making Observations
- Color Recognition
- Fine Motor Skills
- Oral Language
- Working Together
- Scientific Vocabulary
Kids may think of bingo as just a fun game. However, playing games like bingo are a great way to practice many important skills.
As they play, children are problem solving, communicating, and making observations.
You can even have little ones focus on a specific skill such as recognizing specific colors, patterns, and shapes.
This printable insect bingo game features bugs and insects you and your kids may see outside. You will love how your kids can make connections to the natural world around them while playing this game!
How do they know the bug is a ladybug? What unique characteristics does it has that makes it easy to recognize?
There are so many ways for your children to be engaged while playing this game together!
Unlike traditional bingo games with 25 images, each game board only features 9 images. This way young children can play without being overwhelmed.
Paper: plain printer paper or cardstock to print off each of the board games and calling cards
Printer: to print off the pdf version
Bingo Markers: small stones, plastic pieces, or any small object to mark off the bugs
Scissors: to cut out the calling cards. You can also use a paper cutter.
Bowl or Hat: to place the cut out calling cards when playing
Large Bag or Box: to store the game in between uses
Laminator (Optional): not required, but laminating the board games them protected for multiple uses.
Plastic Sheets (Optional): another inexpensive way to protect the cards for extended use
How to Play Bug BINGO
- Cut out the calling cards and place them into a bowl or hat
- Hand out one bingo card per player
- Randomly select a calling card
- Describe the insect on the card
- Players search for bug then mark off if found on their board
- Shout BINGO once you cross off three insects in a row
To win, kids can work towards getting three in a row straight across, up or down, or even diagonally across the board.
Four corners is another fun variation along with blackout. You can even work your way around the board and mark off the perimeter.
Changing up the winning pattern helps keep kinds engaged. Plus, they have to use critical thinking to see if they have the correct pattern.
If you have more players than the number of boards, kids can pair up. Working with a partner is a great way to practice communication and collaboration.
A child can also be in charge of picking the calling cards. Describing what the bug looks like is fun activity for kids.
While answering players' questions they are practicing important skills including making observations and comparing.
To keep the boards in good condition for years to come, you can protect the bingo boards. Laminating, placing them within plastic sleeves, or simply printing off using cardstock are all great options!
Identifying Bug and Insects
As your kids play they will practice identifying 15 common bugs and insects.
- Walking Stick
- Brown Beetle
- Monarch Butterfly
- Black Beetle
The best part is that your kids can head outside and search for these different bugs. Hidden under rocks, hiding within the leaves, or even flying around the garden.
Play this bingo game outdoors then head off to find some bugs once you are finished!
*Although pillbugs can be found around insects, technically they are not classified as a bug. You can find them within this bingo game, but its a great opportunity to talk about why they are technically not a bug.
Additional Bug and Insect Activities
Low prep and engaging. All of these printable activities are free for you to use with your kids.
Books can be purchased online or borrowed from your local library.
Free Coloring Pages
Books about Bugs
Once kids are excited about something they want to learn as much as they can about it. I love how children's books contain facts along with beautiful images.
Two favorites include:
Both of these books feature a large variety of bugs and insects. Perfect for kids of all ages!
For more picture books make sure to check out the Best Insect Books for Kids.
These printables were created by Nature Inspired Learning and are for personal use only for your home, classroom, or public library. This free Bug and Insect Bingo Game is for non-commercial use. See full disclosure. Have questions, send me an email at julie (at) natureinspiredlearning (dot) com
Free Printable Bug and Insect Bingo
- 8 Unique Bingo Cards with 1 Set of Calling Cards
- Featuring realistic images of common bugs and insects