ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

"I" Is For Insect-Letter "I" Activities For Kids

Updated on February 20, 2015

Head, Thorax, Abdomen

Letter "I" activities aren't as prolific as other letters! However, a mini study on "insects" opens the door to many more opportunities for learning.

As always, we started by introducing the letter of the week, practiced writing it, and referred to words with the short "I" beginning sound--igloo, ink pad, iguana, and insects. You can download the color, cut, and paste worksheet here. Those who finished early, colored an inchworm and traced the letters to form the word.

Next, we brainstormed a list of insects and learned how they are helpful. Here are some examples:

  • Bees make honey and are critical for pollination to reproduce flowers and crops. In fact, they are responsible for pollinating nearly 80% of all fruit, vegetable, and seed crops in the United States. They are the only insect that produce food for humans.
  • Fruit flies are used for researching genetic diseases in humans. They breed easily for experimentation, and are often the keys to unlocking mysteries about DNA.
  • Field crickets eat pests and animal remains, and they break down plant material, which renews the soil.
  • Blister beetle secretions are used in wart removal products.
  • Ladybugs protect gardens by eating pests, particularly aphids--as many as 5,000 in their lifetimes!
  • Dragonflies control insect population, especially by eating lots of mosquitoes. They can consume as few as 30 or as many as hundreds of mosquitoes every day.

What classifies a critter as an insect? They have a head, thorax, abdomen, six legs, and antennae. Those are hard to remember--unless you sing them to a cute song, like "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes."

Head, thorax, abdomen, abdomen, abdomen

Head, thorax, abdomen

Eyes, six legs, antennae too!

As you sing the song, touch your head, tummy, legs, and eyes. Shake your arms and legs, and then hook your fingers behind your head like antennae. Your kids will remember this complicated concept after running through the song a few times!

Emergent Reader

To review color words along with insect identification, we completed an insect emergent reader. For advanced learners, you can also cover the short and long sounds of the "I" vowel with this worksheet--color short "i" pictures one color and long "I" pictures another! There are sorts for every vowel on the site.

Insect Game

We played a fun "Catch a Bug (or insect)" game too. This game can be played multiple ways. For younger learners, have them sort the different colored insects onto the corresponding colored jar. To make it a game, roll a dice. Place the same number of insects in the jar that's on the dice. The first person to fill his or her jar is the winner! You can also make your own colored dice and add insects to your jars by color.

Letter I Craft

Our Letter I craft for the day for our alphabet books was finger painting insects. Print an "I" template, cut out, and mount to construction paper. Give each child a paper plate with various colored mounds of finger paint. Use yellow to make bees, red for ladybugs, green for caterpillars, and any color of four grouped fingerprints to form a butterfly. Allow the paint to dry before using markers to draw the bodies, eyes, antennae, and legs. To be sure we didn't waste paint, we used our leftovers to paint crazy designs or pictures on the paper plate!

The Icky Bug Counting Book

A great book to accompany your insect study is, The Icky Bug Counting Book. Not only does this book help with counting and number recognition, it offers interesting facts about fascinating, yet repellant, bugs!

The Grouchy Ladybug

If you want to springboard off of your letter "I" for a ladybug unit, Eric Carle dominates the scene with his classic, The Grouchy Ladybug. Just browse through Pinterest, and you'll find activities covering behavior, feelings, telling time, ladybug counting, and crafts.

The Quiet Cricket

Can you tell the difference between a cricket and a grasshopper? Once again, Eric Carle lures us into a deeper study of crickets with another bestseller. Did you know that only male crickets chirp? Crickets chirp for a variety of reasons, but mostly to attract females. This book offers a fun approach to science.

Ladybug, Bee, or Fruit Fly

view quiz statistics

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)