Model Magic Insects!

This is one of those all time favorite projects of the children.   Each child designs their own insect using model magic.  I buy it at Michael’s with a 40 percent off coupon.   I give each child a bit of each of the four colors.   A box like the one in the photo will supply a class of 25.

I provide a tray of materials such as googly eyes, pipe cleaners, beads, jewels, and feathers.  I tell them that it has to have a head, thorax and abdomen.  The rest is up for grabs.  After they completed their insect, I had the children write about it.  What is your insect called?  Where is its habitat?

STEP ONE:  Form the three main body parts.
STEP TWO:  Add six legs into the thorax.
STEP THREE:  Add eyes.  Continue to design to your liking – antennae?  pinchers?  wings?
Make sure the students add tacky glue to anything they attach to the insect.  Let the insect dry overnight.
One child created a baby insect.
Notice the little baby on this insect’s back.
Another leg!
Insect is taking a test flight!

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  1. What a wonderful idea. I really love your insect unit. My daughter had an insect unit just this week (she is in preschool), and it was not nearly as exciting 🙂

  2. Deedee Wills says:

    What an amazing post! I’m adding it to my plans RIGHT now! Thank you for sharing.

    Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

  3. Jonelle Bell says:

    These are adorable!! I love Model Magic! We made Model Magic monsters this fall and snowmen this winter.
    A Place Called Kindergarten

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