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Build a Bug

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Build a Bug

In this activity (on page 2 of the PDF), learners use art supplies to build models of insects, both real or imagined. They learn that Insects have three body parts and six legs, along with wings, antennae, stingers, and probosces. Learners are encouraged to answer questions about their bug: What does it eat? Where does it live? Does it fly?

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Egg cartons
  • Feathers
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Tissue paper (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Arts and Crafts


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

Designed specifically for

  • Low literacy level


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