Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards ~ Bug Theme

Bugs Story Starters Printable Photo Cards

Inspire Me! Story Starter Photo Cards feature a simple photograph on the front, with word ideas on the back.  You can see more about why they were created and how we use them here in our original post!

We have a brand new BUG set for you today, with 24 different photographs…many which I think will get kids giggling and thinking of ideas to write or talk about.  A reader shared with me that she plans to use these with her ESL students, what a great idea!

Below you can see the photographs included in this set, there are matching word idea cards for each photo also!

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See a video walk through here showing you how we use and organize our cards, and the extra printables we use alongside of them.

We have more themes coming and many will be released here on my blog for FREE.  I am listing sets in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.  Be sure to subscribe to our blog posts so you don’t miss any of our free printables!

Have a theme idea for a set? Leave me a comment!

Download your free Bug Story Starters here!

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The printables shown below were were created to go along with our story starters! 

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Crawly Creatures Memory and Match-Up Printables

I have a new set of Montessori Printables for you!  A few weeks ago we shared our Crawly Creatures 3-Part Cards and today we have a Memory/Match-Up set.

Crawly Creatures Memory and Match Up Printables

There are 3 different pages included in this set, shown below.  The top two are the same, except one has the word and one doesn’t.  When we play memory, we use one of each.

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Below you see the “Match-Up” board, which we only used when Ladybug was a tot.  This page is meant to be left whole and used for matching as shown in examples later in this post.Slide7

Ideas for using these printables…

This is how we used the Match-Up option when Ladybug was a tot.  I left the board whole as shown and then printed a set of cards for her to match to the board.  This helps with word-picture association and visual discrimination skills. The set below went along with our J is for Jellyfish/Ocean Animals theme.



Each unit in Tot School Printables had a vocabulary sheet like this {the picture cards} and she loved them as a tot.  She loved drawing ad coloring on them as I called out a word.  The page shown below is from our J is for Jellyfish/Ocean Animals set.



I often slipped them in our dry erase center.  Below you can see her pretending to write the letters in each word. The page below is from our V is for Volcano/Landforms set.



Often is was just scribbling! The page below is from our U is for Umbrella/Weather theme.



Matching mini animals is something we did a lot, when we had animals to go along.  Below is the C is for Cat/Pets printable with the Pets Toob animals.



Below she is matching up small mammals from our M is for Mouse/Small Mammals set.



Below you can see our D is for Duck/Birds printables being used with some bird stuffed animals we have.



Below is the G is for Goat/Farm set with some Little People Farm animals we have.



Below she is using homemade pom pom magnets and a cookie sheet and putting her magnet on the word I call out. The printable below is from R is for Rainforest.



The final and most obvious way to use these printables is to play memory!  Print 2 sets of the picture cards, laminate, and play memory!



Download your FREE Crawly Creatures Memory & Match-Up here!

The sets available are listed in alphabetical order, look for the words “Crawly Creatures” under the “Memory and Match-Up” category and click!

While there, you’ll also find our Crawly Creatures Nomenclature printables too, these are under the “Nomenclature/3-Part Cards” category.


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Crawly Creatures Montessori Printables

Montessori Nomenclature Printables 3 Part Cards Bugs and Creatures

I have been meaning to add to our Montessori Printables collection for years and was finally inspired to finish some sets I had begun long ago! I have a few more sets I am working on and hope to continue sharing these as I complete them. 

For today, here is our new Crawly Creatures set.  It began as just bugs, but I wanted to include a snail, slug, and worm so I had to change the name!

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Unfamiliar with Nomenclature cards, also called 3-Part cards? 

Nomenclature cards are a Montessori based idea. The word Nomenclature comes from the Latin “nomenclatura” which means assigning of names to things. Nomenclature cards are also called “3 part cards” for obvious reasons!

Here’s a couple of articles sharing more about the what, why,  and how!

Download your FREE Crawly Creatures Nomenclature Cards here!

The sets available are listed in alphabetical order, look for the words “Crawly Creatures” and click!

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Just Color~ Bugs and Critters

The idea behind Just Color! is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. There are mostly coloring pages, and a few coloring activities. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

I just added a new Bugs and Critters Coloring set!

Bugs Coloring Printables

Download the Bugs and Critters coloring printables and more here!

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here

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Let’s Explore Bugs Bundle

The Let’s Explore Bugs Bundle is for sale in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop!  The basic Calendar Connections cards will stay FREE, the premium design will bundled with the eBook for sale, for just $1.50! 

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The premium calendar cards print front to back and have a more unique design featuring a title on the front of the card.

Bugs Calendar Cards

Bugs Calendar Cards


The bundle also includes a page with the direct link to the Let’s Explore Bugs eBook…so it will open separate from the calendar cards. Let's Explore Bugs eBook


The pages of the eBook look like this…Entomology

Learn how to put eBooks onto your iPad or other device here!

I am grateful to Shannon for partnering with me on this project!  We both thank you for your support through any purchases you make of these bundles we are putting together!  I am planning to slowly convert all past sets and any new sets to the bundle format.

Purchase your Let’s Explore Bugs Bundle here!