ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Backyard fun with bug toys

Updated on September 10, 2013

Bug toys offer hours of backyard fun and learning

Insects teach us a lot. Playing with bugs is pretty much a national pastime for many adults and children. Sometimes the fascination with insects fuels a lifelong interest that even leads into strange and wonderful careers.

Who doesn't love bugs?

Bugs make themselves known to kids pretty early in life. That's probably why there are so many stories about books. Insects are great teachers and many stories and old tales have explored the insect world to teach us good habits such as patience and teamwork.

We can certainly thank one of the smallest well-known insects of the backyard, the ant--for those traits.

Puppets and Plush in Bugs

Bugs have populated fables, stories, and children's books for generations. Today they've left the pages of books and taken to the real world in the form of puppets and plush stuffed toys. It's not uncommon to see children drop the conventional dolls and start dragging an ant or a dragonfly or even a plump ladybug around the house. Children wear bugs that are stuffed, gloved, and on the backs of their fingers.

Bugs make great gifts ages 3 and up (adults, too)

check out this bug, the little Pill Bug Puppet featured. He's made by Folkmanis, a great puppet maker, and terrific for ages 3 years and up. He's soft, flexible, and so darn cute. Who wouldn't want to slip a hand into this puppet and make him come alive?

As you read, feel free to click on the images to learn more about the bug toy featured and don't forget: These toys are for indoor play, too.

Image Credits.All puppet and toy images including the pill bug featured above are sourced from Amazon and linked back to Amazon; Boy with butterfly photo by Hagerty Ryan, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Cuddle up with a ladybug - Cuddleuppets Pink Ladybug


Children love butterflies - Butterflies are bugs, too

Child with butterfly
Child with butterfly

Playing with Bugs - Good or Bad?

Do bugs make fun toys?

Puppet and plush stuffed hermit crab


Beleduc Butterfly Puppet

Beleduc Butterfly Puppet
Beleduc Butterfly Puppet

A House for Hermit Crab - Read-along CD and book


Puppets are a great way to play and learn - Outdoor and indoor fun with these bug toys

Let's face it, children love puppets. Actually I think adults love them, too. I know I do. They're fun; they're lovable, and I confess: I have quite a few puppets staring down at me in my office.

Stage live puppet shows in the backyard

What better backdrop for an outdoor play featuring bug puppet characters than the outdoor patio or backyard? Turn the same landscape where real bugs walk, crawl, and burrow into a live stage where puppets can live out a child's story.

Consider these toy insect puppet characters

Ladybugs are a perennial favorite among children. They love to count their spots and retell the Ladybug, Ladybug Fly Away Home story. Dragonflies are beautiful, delicate flying creatures that inspire the imagination of any child. And, of course, there's the frog, a perennial favorite when it comes to children's storytimes and books. Think of the classic Wind in the Willows with Frog and Toad and the list goes on.

Puppets are a great way for children to play. These puppets are terrific for girls or boys. Why not give one a try to see how it goes?

Folkmanis Ladybug Puppet
Folkmanis Ladybug Puppet
Ladybug, Ladybug you fly away home but not before we tell your story. Great puppet that slips on like a glove and has flexible fingers.

Stuffed Giant Red Ant

Stuffed Giant Red Ant
Stuffed Giant Red Ant

More bug toys in plush - Children often carry around a stuffed insect toy

Disney made ants popular with its celebrated ANTZ film. Many bugs are featured prominently in animation films and children have a real love for these buggy films. It doesn't hurt that those creepy-crawly things found in the backyard and can transformed into such lovable creatures, so much so that children adore them and love bugs.

Disney Pixar A Bugs Life 12" Heimlich Plush Doll
Disney Pixar A Bugs Life 12" Heimlich Plush Doll
Thanks to Pixar, this cool plush doll is a caterpillar. He's cute and looks like the character. (Note: He is not 12" but more like 8 1/2" inches.)
Plush Bug Flower House with Bugs - Five (5) Stuffed Animal Bugs and Butterflies in Play Flower Carrying House
Plush Bug Flower House with Bugs - Five (5) Stuffed Animal Bugs and Butterflies in Play Flower Carrying House
More bugs, so many more that you can play the woman who lived in the shoe with a little imagination.

Ladybug Girl - Backyard Super Hero

Ladybug Girl - Backyard Super Hero
Ladybug Girl - Backyard Super Hero

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)