How to Customize a Mantis Bug Template

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How to Customize a Mantis Bug Template
Make a praying mantis out of paper. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

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

  • Printer
  • Card stock (8.5 by 11 inches)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Computer paper or craft paper (8.5 by 11 inches)
  • Markers
  • Glitter glue pens
  • Googly doll eyes

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Cut out your graphic. Lay it on top of a piece of computer paper or craft paper.

  3. 3

    Trace the card stock shape on your paper with a pencil.

  4. 4

    Cut out your praying mantis tracing.

  5. 5

    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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