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Make a Buggy Buddy

Let your imagination soar as you create your own giant insect.

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Participant Age: 7 to 12, Under 7
Approximate Cost: Under $10
Duration: 1 to 60 minutes
Difficulty:
Physical Challenge:
  • Cardboard (cereal box, poster board, manila folder)
  • Egg carton
  • Paint or felt pens
  • Scraps of black and white paper
  • Colored pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Jar (optional)
Catch a Bug

Catch an insect and look closely at it in a jar (or find a picture of one you like in Ranger Rick).

Cut Out Shapes

Cut out:

  • egg-carton cups for the main body
  • paper circles for eyes (Try white ones with smaller black ones placed on top.)
  • cardboard shapes for wings, upper legs, or other extra features 
Color Your Bug

Add color if you want, using paint or felt pens.


Assemble Bug

Glue or tape the parts together. Glue or tape on pipe cleaner legs and antennas.

 

 

Ranger’s Note: If you caught an insect, let it go where you found it after it’s done modeling.

PHOTOS BY STEVE BROADDUS; INSECTS BY JUDITH MOFFAT; IDEA BY JANET SCHMIDT


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