Transforming a classroom into an insect-themed decoration style is not a difficult process. There are many different insect decoration supplies at teacher-supply stores and other stores as well. If children and teachers all participate to bring decoration supplies, then the theme can be completed for very little expense. Insect decorations will not only make the classroom more exciting but will also help children learn about insects in a hands-on way. This classroom transformation can be completed in less than one day and can be easily removed as well.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Create a notice board of insect facts. Cover the board in green paper. Add a border of insects, either insect cut-outs or a border with insects printed right on it. Write some facts about insects on the board, such as what they eat, how many legs they have or what the names of their body parts are. Place a picture of one or two really large insects in the middle of the board.
Place an insect border around the entire classroom or just one wall.
Set up a live insect exhibit in the classroom. Place several cages holding different kinds of insects in the classroom for children to observe. Ant farms are inexpensive and easy to care for. Crickets also are inexpensive and easy to care for. Butterflies are fun for everyone to look at.
Hang plastic insects from ceiling tiles or place them on shelves or tables around the room.
Hang insect posters outlining different bug types and facts from the walls.
Allow children to draw their own insects and decorate the walls with their designs. Children can take the pictures they made home when the insect unit is finished.
Have children bring any plastic or real insects that they can from their own homes. You can create a pin-up board of all the different insects that the children bring. If you do not want to kill the insects, then take a photo of each one and hang it from the wall. Release the insects when finished taking their photos.
Hang a poster outlining the several different stages of a bug's life. You can make a separate poster for each kind of bug or one large poster with several different bugs on it.
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