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Speech & Language Tips Related to "Bugs & Insects"

ButterflyChildren of all ages are interested in bugs, insects and creepy crawlies. Below are some ideas to encourage your child to expand their speech and language skills whilst learning about bugs and insects!

General Games/ Activities:

  • Sing nursery rhymes together and do the actions (e.g. incy wincy spider, little miss muffet).
  • Play board games e.g. “Build a Beetle”, “Honey Bee Tree Game”, “Crazy Bee Game”, “Jitterbugs”
  • Read books about bugs and insects (informational and stories).
  • Talk about the bugs & insects that your child is interested in. Encourage them to explore and find out more about the insects they are fascinated by.
  • Art/ Crafts – draw or build a bug. Talk about the parts of the bug to help think on an interesting name for their bug.
  •  Cookery – decorate cup-cakes. Talk about the colours, shapes and patterns you use to create bug images on the cup-cakes.
  • Play ‘people’ games with your children e.g. “Celebrity Bugs”. Show your child how to play first.
  • Celebrity Bugs (Who am I?)
  • Print out pictures of bugs / insects that your child knows.
    • Place the cards in the centre of the table.
    • Each person is to take turns at selecting a card, one at a time… but no peeking!
    • Once you select your card, show it to the others in the group.
    • The other players are to give clues about the bug to help you guess the bug you are.
    • You can ask questions about the card to help you guess the bug e.g. What
    • noise do I make? Can I fly? Where do I live? Do I bite? Do I sting?
  • Give your child a picture of a bug/ insect or a toy bug and ask them what they think it should be called based on its appearance.
  • Think of a good name for a real bug.
  • Nursery songs & craft ideas for the theme of bugs & insects can be found online HERE.


  • Speech clarity: Practice saying names of bugs, starting with the short names (e.g. bee, fly, ant, spider, beetle) and then move on to multi-syllable names (dragonfly, butterfly, cockroach, caterpillar, centipede).
  • Increase phoneme awareness by listening to the first sound in the bug/ insect names….”I spy with my little eye a bug that starts with ….d…(dragonfly)”.
  • Count the syllables in the names of bugs. You can do this by clapping your hands once per syllable e.g., “bu-tter-fly” -. 3 syllables / beats / claps.

Descriptive Language: encourage your child to think about all the features of the bugs and insects he/ she are learning about. Consider words that describe;

  • Colours, e.g., the intensity of colour, translucency, spots etc.
  • Size, e.g., big, small, tiny, long.
  • Shape, e.g. round, oval.
  • Where they are found or live? e.g. , webs, under rocks.
  • Parts/ feature, e.g. wings, legs, antennae, eyes
  • Texture, e.g., sticky, furry, spiky.

 If you would like further information about any of the above information, please contact Catherine on 0417 255. 062.

Catherine Downs

Catherine Downs

Catherine Down is Platinum Pre School's preffered Speech Pathologist, she writes specifically tailored articles for the Platinum Newsletter and advises our staff on questions related to childhood speech development. Catherine is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with Speech Pathology Australia (SPA) and is an affiliate member of the American Speech - Language - Hearing Association (ASHA).

Catherine holds a BA in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and a BAppSc of Speech Pathology from The University of Sydney. Catherine's qualifications and experience give her a unique set of skills for dealing with clients who are having communication, literacy and learning difficulties.

To find out more about Catherine's services or to book an appointment, please call Catherine on 0417 255 062 or visit her website -

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