Posted by: ad65shorty | May 22, 2012

Playdough Insects

It’s spring, and the bug obsession has begun in our house!! We always seem to have jars with bugs and leaves and grass lying around. I thought I’d share some fun bug activities this week to help you teach your children about these fascinating creatures (some of these are from my archives).

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Have your children make bugs out of playdough.* This activity is a great way to solidify knowledge for kids about the correct parts of insects.

Insect characteristics:

1. They have 3 distinct body parts (I have my kids roll three balls, and then shape them as needed): the head, thorax, and abdomen.

2.  All insects have 6 legs; they are located on the thorax (or middle section). Be sure to explain that there are 3 on each side.

3.  They have 2 antennaes.

4.  Most have 4 wings–2 on each side. Once again, these are on the thorax.

I step my kids through each characteristic slowly, allowing them time to make and then press together. When everyone is done, we then do a quick “Insect Museum,” where we line up and parade around viewing everyone’s creations. Lots of fun, quick and easy, and everyone gets a chance to shine! Heck, why not put them in jars? Much less dirty than real bugs and then the “bugs” can stay in the house!

*For a great playdough recipe, click here.

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