I love using bugs in my therapy activities, and the kids seem to like them too. We use them a lot in fine motor activities, and work in some larger muscle groups during our activities as well. Here are some of my favorite bug activities that I have done, and some from some other therapists as well.
First off, I have the Munchy ball eat little bug erasers. This makes sense to the kids, and works well in the pond jump game.
I have clothespin games that use bugs, feeding bugs to a jar, catching bugs and putting them into a bug house, and balancing bugs on a leaf. We use a lot of tongs, clothespins, and chopsticks with the bugs.
The Inspired Tree House has a game that they use for gross motor activities with bugs. They call it bugs on a windshield. You are a live bug that has to hang on tight to the windshield (swing or scooterboard) to keep from falling off until it comes to a stop.
Check out the really cute bug playdough mats at Picklebums.
I really like using bugs. What are your favorite activities to do with bugs?
You can find a little bug jar in the store.