Backyard Bug Hunt Card Printables

Are you ready to go on a bug hunt?! Searching for bugs when outdoors with your child brings hours of exploration and delight and these beautifully illustrated cards include 20 common bugs that you can find in your backyard or on a bushwalk in Australia.

These bug hunt downloadable and printable cards are a fun way for you to connect with nature and learn some things about the amazing mini creatures that inhabit our earth. Can you guess how many legs a centipede has? How does a grasshopper jump so high? Why do snails only come out after it rains? Getting outdoors and exploring bugs in nature helps develop curious little minds.

These 20 common bug cards are open-ended and can be used in many different ways:

    • Go on a minibeast scavenger hunt 

I wonder where you will look to find these minibeasts? You might need to get down low as some of them may be living underground. Maybe some can be found amongst bushes or trees. Perhaps some like to be near waterways. Grab these cards and go on a bug scavenger hunt!

    • Pin them up on the wall

Our printable bug cards can be a lovely display in the home or in a child’s bedroom. As you discover each creature out in the world perhaps you might like to stick its corresponding card up on the wall. This is a great way to record your discoveries.

    • Use them as a story writing/telling prompt

Choose a bug card and make up a story about that creature. You may like to use the fact sheet to inform your story or just let your imagination run wild.

    • Make a memory game

Print two copies of the bug cards, cut them up and you have yourself a memory game!

    • Practice drawing 

Use the bug cards as prompts to do your own mini-beasts illustrations.

Happy exploring!



Kate Rijs is an artist, qualified and experienced Primary School Teacher, Art Teacher and Outdoor Educator who feels that she is at her happiest when she is out in nature. Kate is passionate about creativity and nurturing creativity and imagination in both children and adults. She believes that nature is the best classroom that there is.