Beetle Bugs
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Beetle Bugs

Age Range: 6-8
Craft Time: 30-60 minutes
Messy Rating:
1 2 3 4 5
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Crayola® Model Magic® - White
  • Creatology™ Chenille Stem
  • Crayola® Markers
  • Wire Cutter

Developmental Skills

  • Visual/Spatial
  • Social/Emotional

Project Instructions

  1. Follow package directions on Crayola® Model Magic® and shape the bugs. Let dry.
  2. Use markers to color bugs with polka dots and stripes as desired. Use your imagination to combine colors.
  3. ADULT:  Cut small pieces of chenille stem, poke into sides of bugs and bend to shape legs.


Model Magic® is an air-drying modeling compound, so read all the instructions on the package about drying time. It does not dry hard all the way through but will have a hard shell-like feel that still lets you easily insert the chenille stem for legs.

Craft Notes

Adult supervision is required at all times.

Wire cutter for adult use only.


If possible, use microscopes or magnifying glasses to have students examine insect and spider specimens. If that's not possible, provide books or posters with detailed pictures of insects and spiders. Have students list the characteristics of each and compare and contrast. Discuss the differences between the two species:
• Spiders have two body parts, eight legs, fangs, and most have eight eyes. They come in many different colors.
• Spiders lack wings and antennae.
• Insects, on the other hand, have three body parts, six legs, antennae, two eyes, and sometimes have wings.

After the exploration, have students make their own insects and spiders to demonstrate their knowledge of the differences between the two species.