Easy kids’ craft: insect identification chart.

Kids craft - make an easy insect ID chartHalloween is right around the corner – the holiday where we celebrate all that is creepy and spooky. And I don’t know about you, but to me there is nothing creepier than insects. And living in the south means that we have some BIG, scary bugs (I guess they like warmer temperatures?). I see insects running around here all the time and always wonder what they are.

I made this project so that you can take the opportunity, with your children, to learn about the bugs in your environment! This would make a great science fair or home school project, and it’s so easy to make. And where do you get the information? Orkin, the pest specialists, have been studying insects for 100 years and even have scientists on staff. They’ve decided to take this knowledge and developed a site called The Orkin Ecologist to help you learn, too. It’s the perfect place to get the facts you need to make an iD chart like this one. Here’s how I did it.

Gather These Supplies

  • Wood slice – I got this at the craft store
  • Mod Podge Matte
  • Scrapbook paper – colors of your choice including white
  • Scissors or die cutter to make ID tags
  • Paintbrush
  • Clip art of insects of your choice
  • Pen
  • Detail scissors (optional)

IMG_2669The first step is to choose your insects and print out silhouettes of them using your printer. You can get more detailed if you are working with older children – it depends on the cutting skills of your child. Pick 6 – 8 insects to identify (try to focus on your local area!) and cut them out using scrapbook paper.

Tip: older children can use detail scissors to get smaller cuts.

IMG_2661You have a couple choices for cutting out the tags. You can do it by hand, or you can use a die cutter. It might be fun to make the ID cards in fancy shapes?

IMG_2667Make an ID card for each insect that you cut out.

IMG_2679As you cut out your insects, lay them out on your wood slice surface.

IMG_2681Write the name of each insect on the ID tag. You can use The Orkin Ecologist to get the Latin name.

IMG_2682Once you have all of the names written on the ID tags, Mod Podge everything down to the surface. Add Mod Podge to the wood slice, place the bugs and tags down and smooth. Let dry for 15 – 20 minutes.

IMG_2684Once the project is dry, give it several coats of Mod Podge over the top and let dry again.

Eekology Project copyNow you’re official. An official bug identifier, that is!

Make an insect ID chartIf you are an ecology enthusiast or just love creepy crawly bugs, check out the Orkin Ecologist. It’s a fantastic educational resource for both novice and experienced science lovers. Take a peek and let me know what you think.

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Disclosure: This post brought to you by The Orkin Ecologist. All opinions are 100% mine.

Comments

  1. Leanne says

    This is such a great idea. I love this project. My boys love the Orkin site so much. I think they’ve been on it everyday this week.

  2. Rebecca says

    I loved the article on stink bugs… we’ve been seeing more and more of them in our area so it was great to learn more about them!

  3. Lisa Brown says

    I thought the site very interesting and educational. I found interesting, that forensic entomology dates back to the 13th and 14th centuries in China.

  4. says

    I read the comments above and not sure I want to go to the Orkin page – I’m TERRIFIED of spiders. But this is a great project! One that my son will eventually want to do, and I hope he asks his dad!

  5. Angi M says

    cool site for those who like bugs (I do not). Also didn’t like seeing the giant spider on the home page! Euwwww! L:)

  6. Dana says

    What a creative idea! Also, I really enjoyed the article at Orkin about how grasshoppers helped solve a murder.

  7. Nancy says

    The orkin site is awesome! I think teachers would find this craft/exercise helpful to the students!

  8. Laura J says

    Oh wow….what a neat site they have! So much information! I love the build a spider web! The Science fair ideas is to great for kids! Very educational site! I think I will spend hours here!

  9. Janet W. says

    I visited the site and found it to be very informative! I especially love the bug of the month feature!

  10. Autum says

    My boys would love that site! I really like the mix of learning and fun for the kids and adults as well. :)

  11. Rebecca Parsons says

    I think it is a great way for kids to get involved in learning about bugs and not being afraid of them. If they know more they can look at the bugs in a different light.

  12. Jennifer Dysart says

    Cute and fun facts, makes bugs and pests less creepy and more interesting to learn…and the craft ideas are cute–like building your own spider web

  13. Tanya Felsheim says

    I hate bugs! But I guess kids don’t so its fun for them…I do love gift cards tho…would love to win one…would help a lot!

  14. says

    We are always looking for new & exciting educational crafts that are a creative way to learn about our ecosystem & all things Lowcountry. We teach kiddo art classes thought The Chalreston area schools as well as in Summerville. Great post! Love o promote other businesses that incorporate creativity! Thanks!

  15. Lori says

    I opened the Orkin page, but had to close it again immediately. I’m scared of spiders, they totally freak me out!

  16. Cynthia says

    Thanks for sharing this site. I find bugs interesting. They have great info and the photos are awesome.

  17. Sue Brailey says

    Very interesting website! We have our share of insects and lots of animals in our area. Lots of great information.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!
    Sue

  18. Teresa says

    Since this is a family-friendly site, I can’t say what my first reaction was to the giant spider. and the rats But the site is very informative. I like it!

  19. Sandra VanHoey says

    Very informative, gave me the creeps since I hate bugs but many times I have had questions about different spiders, etc. I’ve seen and this site could answer them

  20. hARMONY b says

    beside the fact I have the creepy crawlies now. the sight is kid friendly with all the big bright pictures and easy to navigate