Going Buggy: Three Body Parts

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In this fun snack and craft activity, young learners make "Ants on a Log" and their own model of an insect. The purpose is to learn the three main insect body parts—head, thorax and abdomen. The activity also includes a song about insect body parts, sung to the tune of "Three Blind Mice."

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per group of students)

  • peanut butter
  • washed celery sticks
  • raisins
  • guitar or piano (optional)
  • Insect Flash cards (URL in PDF)
  • styorofoam balls
  • pipe cleaners
  • toothpicks
  • glitter, sequins, ribbon, and other decorations
  • glue
  • scissors


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Food and Cooking
  • Music


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Rogers Huff, Paula


  • All rights reserved, Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, 2005