Learning About Entomology: Activities and Crafts:

Hi Parents! Continuing with our studies about Entomology, today we have some links to really fun activities and crafts: Build a home for your critters, and if you can’t stand having the live things in your house, you can craft your own origami insects.

American Museum of Natural History has instructions on: HOW TO SET UP GUEST QUARTERS FOR A VISITING ARTHROPOD: 

https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/curriculum-collections/biodiversity-counts/arthropod-identification/how-to-set-up-guest-quarters-for-visiting-arthropods2

Artists Helping Children shares this Tutorial on how to Make an Ant Farm in a Jar:

Origami Insects

Check out these images of amazingly realistic insect origami here: https://origami.me/insects/

And here are some relatively easy step by step origami instructions for:

A Dragonfly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQtaPmLkUU8

A Jumping Cricket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtUMfiQu1r0

A Grasshopper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x551UDaJEb8

A Beetle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-zQOAwSuHg

If your kids likes to color, here are lots of printable coloring and activity pages for your little bug enthusiast from various U.S. Universities:

Download this fun free Spiderpalooza Coloring Book put out by the University of Florida Taylor Lab:https://coloringwithspiders.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/spiderpalooza_coloring_book_v1.pdf

Utah State also has a bug coloring book with puzzles you can download for free here: https://extension.usu.edu/waterquality/files-ou/Kids-page/Bugs-Dont-Bug-Me-Coloring-Book.pdf

Arizona State “Ask a Biologist” has an amazing assortment of insect coloring pages worksheets and and masks here: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/coloring

Penn State has this cool downloadable Augmented Reality Granary Weevil Coloring Page. Make it “come to life” with the free “Quiver” app: https://ento.psu.edu/news/2015/our-augmented-reality-coloring-page

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