We went on lots of nature walks hunting for beetles and other six-legged creatures.
And to study them closer...well, we decided we should make our own little friends.
We set out on our little project by making our own homemade modeling clay. Ben and Ella loved getting their hands into all the ingredients.
Then we researched beetles to make sure we made them correctly, molded them into shape, and baked them.
Once they were cool we got out the paints, pipecleaners, and googly eyes.
We learned that beetles are insects and in order to be classified as such they need to have three body parts: head, thorax, and abdomen. They also have three legs on each side of their body all of which come out from the center body part: the thorax.
We had a lot of fun! And now whenever we see a picture of an insect in a book or somewhere, my kids are quick to point out if it has been drawn correctly or not.