As an elementary school teacher, you already know how important it is for kids to get involved with their learning. Supplementing insect or bug units with quality crafts brings the classroom to life and enhances learning. As a teacher myself, I know that finding the time to locate the right craft can be a challenge. I’ve already done the legwork for you. Check out these sites for crafts you can do it the classroom with common classroom materials.
DLTK Crafts for Kids: Bugs and Insect Crafts offers a host of crafts designed for kids. It includes bumblebee, butterfly, caterpillar, dragonfly, spiders and other insects. Crafts range from simple cut and paste to more elaborate crafts designed for older students. As an added bonus, the site also provides coloring pages suitable for young children.
Danielle’s Place is a treasure trove of creative ideas and crafts. It includes ants, bees, butterflies, spiders, ladybugs and walking sticks. As an added bonus, links to purchase the materials needed for the craft are included. This site focuses on Sunday School, but lesson ideas and crafts are easily adapted to the elementary classroom.
The University of Kentucky’s Entomology Department provides directions and images of nature crafts for dragonflies, beetles and butterflies. These crafts are a great way to explore nature and put those discoveries to use. Also included is a section on paper mache insects that provides pictures of finished projects on display. Check out the instructions for making a compound eye from the cells of an egg carton. This project is sure to get kids excited. This site provides valuable information to complement any unit on bugs or insects.
Don’t forget the Official Eric Carle Web Site for a more sophisticated touch. Check the resource section for step-by-step instructions for making a collage the Eric Carle way. This site provides links to his books, information about Eric Carle, printable coloring pages and games to accompany his books.
Disney’s Family Fun features a range of bug and insect crafts for all ages. Take the time to browse through the many links to crafts your classroom is sure to enjoy. This site also features user-submitted crafts. Crafts can be sorted by both category and age group making it easy to find just the right craft for your students.
Choosing the right craft for your classroom isn’t always easy, but one of these sites in sure to provide you with the perfect bug or insect craft for your classroom.