Insect Collages

Insect Collages

The study of bugs, Entomology, is our new focus of study through the end of this semester. So for fun we created some Insect collages. I let my children create whatever insect they wanted or dreamed up. However, their insects had to contain the two characteristics that make a creature an insect. The first characteristic is that all insects have 6 legs. This is the telltale sign for identifying insects. The other characteristic is that all adult insects have are 3 body parts. They all have a head, a thorax, and an abdomen. Other than that  my children were free to creative.


Construction paper

Magazines for clipping





Using the magazines, find pages with pleasing colors. Next cut out a head, thorax and abdomen. (Using food items was a big hit with my crew)

Glue the three body parts onto a piece of construction paper.

Cut out circles for eyes from the magazines and glue them into place.

Using the pastels, draw 6 legs and antennae.  Another thought is to outline the insect with a pastel, but not necessary.

Be creative and have fun.

Created by 5 year old artist 😊. The others were created by 8 and 10 year old artists.

We also looked at some artwork that the artists incorporated insects into their paintings. I have posted two paintings below. You can click on the pictures or go to All Creatures Great and Small to see more.

Green Grasshopper
© the artist’s estate. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Art Collections

Green Grasshopper c.1964

Yvonne Rosalind Barlow (1924–2017)
Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Art Collections
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Rugby Art Gallery and Museum Art Collections
Floral Study with Insects in the Foreground
Photo credit: Norfolk Museums Service

Floral Study with Insects in the Foreground

Andries Danielsz. (c.1580–c.1640) 
(attributed to)Norfolk Museums Service

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Welcome new friends. I'm Heather, a homeschooling mama raising three children alongside my husband. I love to walk our two dogs, photograph nature, and write poetry. As a family, we love reading together, creating art, sports and all things nature. We also enjoy sharing our learning experiences with friends and creating co-op opportunities. I enjoy writing about our homeschool adventures, as well as nature and sharing recipes. My heart is grateful for my family, our homeschool, our friends and homeschool community, as well as the nature around us. In addition to following my blog, you can find me on Facebook at Home Study from the Grateful Heart.

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