Nature Bugs (Grades 3-5)

This is a fun craft that invites children to go on a nature “treasure hunt” to find beautiful little bits of life around them.

Use the things you find on your treasure hunt – and your imagination – to create bugs and creatures. Insects of all kinds are fascinating creatures. There is so much beauty around us that sometimes we need to take a moment to enjoy it!

What looks like an ordinary pine cone is now the body for a caterpillar! Sticks? They make great antennae or legs! Flower petals? Gorgeous wings for a butterfly! The possibilities are endless.

Leaves are arranged to appear like butterflies.

What You Need

Nature! Take a walk in your neighborhood, backyard or a local park and grab samples of anything and everything you find! Some ideas include:

  • Sticks or twigs
  • Leaves of all sizes and colors
  • Flower petals
  • Acorns
  • Pine cones
  • Pebbles or small rocks
  • Bark

What To Do

  1. Lay out your found treasures and let your imagination run wild.
  2. Save your creations by using glue to glue everything together to a stick, bark, or a piece of construction paper!