Make Your Own Bug Book (Grades K-2)

Exploring the wild doesn’t need to involve a trip to a far off place. You can discover all kinds of amazing creatures right in your own backyard! 

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Summer is a great time to get outside and observe nature in action. Combine learning and art by making your own very own bug book.

What You Need

  • Three or four blank pieces of construction or printer paper
  • Crayons, colored pencils or markers

What To Do

  1. Fold the blank pieces paper n half with a “hamburger” fold — in other words, your fold should make the paper shorter and fatter, not longer and skinnier.
  2. Go bug hunting! Head to a local trail or your backyard and search for bugs. Take photos of the ones that interest your child.
  3. Have your child draw a photo of the bugs they found in their booklet.
  4. Encourage them to label the bug’s head, thorax, abdomen and legs and write a few sentences that describes the bug’s appearance and location.
  5. Use art supplies that you have on hand such as markers and crayons to decorate their booklet.