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Bugs, a Hands-On Science Display

Develop students' interest about bugs by collecting, displaying and identifying them.

What you need:

  • One shallow cardboard or plastic box per student or class
  • Sticky labels
  • Glue
  • Dead bugs
  • A field guide relating to insects

What to do:

  • Prepare a large shallow box for the display. Either have one box per student, small group or whole classroom.
  • Ask students to collect (preferably already dead) bugs from the school grounds, classroom floor, corridors, playground areas, at home, hothouses etc.
  • Glue the dead bugs in the box under their appropriate classification. (Butterflies together, wasps together, beetles together etc.)
  • Label each bug properly using a field guide to identify them.

Safety is always a priority. Ensure students understand the dangers of looking for bugs under rocks and in dark corners. Discuss insect and spider bites before collecting bugs.

cartoon bee Girl holding a bug display cartoon bee

Secondary student Deborah from Western Australia with her bug display.

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(by Ingrid Griggs)

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