My Insect

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In this activity, learners use information gathered from a variety of sources to design and make their own insect. Learners design and create an insect using household and/or arts and crafts materials. This discovery activity also enables learners to investigate insect structure and reinforces classification points. There are also optional discover sheets on pages 2-4 that can help learners think about how to design their insect. No particular materials are required--items listed in the materials section are suggestions.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • Pieces of sponge
  • Polystyrene
  • Cardboard tubes or cones
  • Tissue paper
  • Thin card
  • Straws
  • Paper scraps
  • Pipe cleaners


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Includes assesments for student learning:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access