Friday, April 15, 2011

Spring Crafts: Caterpillars, Bees and Other Insects

These projects were designed to recognize the crawling and buzzing creatures that thrive in the spring.  I've included butterfly and ladybug crafts in previous posts, but these ideas highlight the less glamorous bugs that kids nevertheless find interesting:

  • These cute caterpillars are made from egg cartons.  The creator astutely suggests pairing this project with a reading of Eric Carle's classic Very Hungry Caterpillar.
  • This is a simple bumblebee project that's ideal for young students.
  • These bees are made from paper plates.
  • This last resource is actually a list (provided by Scholastic) of science activities that focus on insects. These engaging activities include everything from exploring bee pheromones, to journeying outside and predicting what foods attract the most ants, to using butterflies as a model for symmetry.  If you like these, there is another list with even more suggestions for springtime science activities.  

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