If you want to teach your children about the life cycle, habits, habitat and features of a praying mantis, then lead them in a paper craft in which they use a praying mantis template to craft their own personal insect. You can use a free, printable praying mantis graphic from a website. See Resources for links to examples of such sites. Allow your children to be creative with their praying mantises.
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Things you need
- Card stock (8.5 by 11 inches)
- Computer paper or craft paper (8.5 by 11 inches)
- Glitter glue pens
- Googly doll eyes
Print a free praying mantis graphic from a website such as The Color, Paper Shine and ABC Teach. You want to print the graphic on a piece of card stock so that it forms a sturdy template for tracing.
Cut out your graphic. Lay it on top of a piece of computer paper or craft paper.
Trace the card stock shape on your paper with a pencil.
Cut out your praying mantis tracing.
Embellish the praying mantis. Colour it green with markers. Add googly doll eyes to the praying mantis face with white craft glue. Outline the antennas with a glitter glue pen. Be creative. Use the different designs as inspiration or as models for what children can do with the praying mantis template for future craft projects.
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