Praying Mantis Anatomy
Insects are fascinating creatures, but they are awfully small, move quickly, and can be difficult to observe. In this art project, budding entomologists will create a larger than life, moveable puppet version of a praying mantis. As they do so, they'll learn more about insect anatomy and behavior.
Children will first research and locate a good image template for their puppet. They will then work on their fine motor skills as they cut out the puppet parts and fasten them together. Once the puppet is assembled, kids can explore the differences between insect and human bodies.
Playing with the puppet offers children further opportunities to synthesize what they have learned — an important part of the learning process!. Additional suggestions included below help to make this handcrafted insect puppet an instructive playmate and teacher!