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Bug Hats

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Bug Hats

In this activity, learners use their imaginations and experiment with different materials to create bug hats. Use the suggested open-ended questions to encourage learners to talk about what they know about bugs as well as to compare humans and insects. Learners will also discover that insects use antennae to touch, taste, and smell!

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

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

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 6

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Construction Paper
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pompoms
  • Feathers
  • Other Decorating Materials (Optional)
  • Tape
  • Markers
  • Scissors


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Classification
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Touch
      • Taste
      • Smell
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

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


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