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).


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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