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Top Toys For Bug-Loving Children!

Updated on February 17, 2015

The Power of Toys

From birth, our developing senses allow us to take in the sights and sounds of our world. We discover by hearing, seeing, touching and smelling beings and objects near to us.

It’s well established that newborn babies can focus on objects, such as faces, up to 12 inches away. They are attracted by bright colors, contrast, patterns and movement. Faces are particularly interesting, and even a basic line drawing, with a curve for the mouth and splodges for the eyes and nose will catch a babies attention. Because of this, we tend to give animal toys to even the youngest of children - a comforting teddy bear or a fluffy kitten toy, for example.

Toys, however, can have a long-lasting influence. If we grow up surrounded by nature, it can be an inspiration for later life. On this page, I share with you my love of animal, and particularly, bug toys. And, yes, I am a biologist by training and by passion.

The photo shows the Rockabye Darla Dragonfly Rocker, and is cropped from an image on Amazon
The photo shows the Rockabye Darla Dragonfly Rocker, and is cropped from an image on Amazon

Colorful Bug and Bee Toys

For fans of bugs and bees, there is a great range of bug and bee toys available - colorful, bright and cheerful. We have been out on the web and in the shops looking for the best bug and bee toys for children. To help you, we've arranged everything by ages: babies & toddlers up to 2 years, toddlers & preschoolers, and finally the slightly older children aged 5 to 7 years.

So whether you are looking for beautiful butterfly toys, like the VTech Sing & Soar Butterfly, dreamy dragonfly toys, like the Darla Dragonfly Rocker, lovely ladybug toys, like the Beanie Boos Bugsy Ladybug or buzzin bumblebee toys, like the Transformers Autobot Bumblebee, here you will find the most popular and top-rated toys for each age group. Lastly, if we've missed a really cool toy, we'd love to have your feedback in the comment section below!

Darla Dragonfly Rocker - by Rockabye

Darla is a cute Dragonfly themed rocker, with dreamy eyes, bows on her antennae and built-in fun activities : squeakers in her leafy necklace, rattles in her antennae and original songs about colors, shapes, numbers and ABCs.

Rockabye Darla Dragonfly Rocker
Rockabye Darla Dragonfly Rocker

This gorgeous rocker is designed for children aged from 9 months up to 80 pounds. It plays 4 original songs. It is Heirloom quality, and made in the USA.

 

Cabbage Patch Kids Cuties - Bee

Children love to adopt these cabbage patch cuties, and to play with them. They have the same style of face as the original Cabbage Patch "Kid", but with an updated and fun animal style. The floppy, soft body is great for for bedtime snuggling.

Cabbage Patch Kids Cuties - Bee
Cabbage Patch Kids Cuties - Bee

These cuties are 9" tall, with a soft huggable body. Fun for collectors of all ages, each has its own unique name and birth date. Five styles including Bee, Ladybug, Bunny, Lamb and Puppy

 

Butterfly Slumber Buddies

This adorable butterfly slumber buddy can help to calm baby and create a tranquil environment. It plays a peaceful selection of lullabies and projects a glowing sky full of stars. For older children, it can be a reassuring night-light.

Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Projection and Melodies Soother, Bella the Butterfly
Summer Infant Slumber Buddies Projection and Melodies Soother, Bella the Butterfly

This cute and cuddly butterfly can play a rhythmic light show or three relaxing individual colors (amber, blue or green). It will automatically shut off after a period of time - you can choose 15, 30 or 45 minutes.

To give a relaxing sound environment, shielding from distracting outside noises, it plays 5 soothing sounds, including lullabies, nature and heatbeat sounds.

 

Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug - Yellow & Black Bee

This has to be one of my favourite bumblebee toys. It is a fun and brightly-colored Bee Wheely Bug ride-on toy with a strong wooden base, combined with a soft sponge layer for comfort, topped with a polyurethane layer, to keep it clean.

Wheely Bug ride-on are available in two sizes, to suit children of different sizes. As well as this delightful bee, you can choose from Ladybug, Tiger, Mouse, Cow, Pig, by clicking on the Wheely Bug photo.

Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Bee, Large
Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug, Bee, Large

Wheely Bug Ride-on Toys have multidirectional casters to make them easy to move around. Help to develop your child's mobility, motor skills and balance.

 

Fun with Bug Puzzles

Puzzles are great for dexterity, developing logic and hand-eye co-ordination. These bug puzzles are also colorful and fun!

Chunky Puzzle

Melissa & Doug Insects Wooden Chunky Puzzle (7 pcs)
Melissa & Doug Insects Wooden Chunky Puzzle (7 pcs)

Unique bug puzzle promotes matching skills and pretend play. It has colourful, chunky pieces which are easy for small hands.

 

Snap & Learn

Learning Resources Snap-n-Learn Number Bugs
Learning Resources Snap-n-Learn Number Bugs

Number Bugs have sturdy, snap-together pieces to develop fine motor skills. The set includes 18 pieces to make 6 adorable bug friends, and at the same time practice numbers, counting and color matching.

 

Daisy Rock Debutante Ladybug Electric Guitar

Great electric guitars for children who want to learn to play. These guitars, in the Daisy Rock line, have the trademark "Slim & Narrow" neck, which is perfect for smaller hands. They also have a lightweight body and eye-catching colors. It comes with a starter pack including a guitar strap, gig bag, amplifier, electronic tuner, guitar picks, string winder, and polishing cloth.

Daisy Rock Debutante Butterfly Short Scale Fantasy Electric Guitar Pack
Daisy Rock Debutante Butterfly Short Scale Fantasy Electric Guitar Pack

This child-sized guitar has a lightweight construction and a "Slim & Narrow" neck design making it easier for small hands to play. It has a shorter, more manageable 22.5 inch scale, more comfortable for smaller children. Available in right-hand and left-hand versions. A ladybug version is also available.

 

An Irish Blessing

May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun

And find your shoulder to light on,

To bring you luck, happiness and riches

Today, tomorrow and beyond.

More bug-related toys and activities for children and others

I like to check eBay from time-to-time because the selection of toys available changes so regularly. A great place to find new ideas!

Visit My Colourful Critters Blog

for more top toys and gifts with animal themes

We hope you like these bug toys! - Have we missed something really cool?

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      Aunt-Mollie 

      5 years ago

      These are too cute!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      What fun! SquidAngel blessed! ;-)

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      savateuse 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: They are kinda cute!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      insects rule!

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      savateuse 

      5 years ago

      @greenmind: Thanks for visiting!

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      GreenMind 

      5 years ago from USA

      LOVE this. great topic.

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