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.
Designing an Insect from Fairy Dust Teaching on Vimeo.
STEP TWO: Add six legs into the thorax.
One child created a baby insect.
Notice the little baby on this insect's back.