We’ve been studying insects lately. One thing we have learned is that insects have specific anatomy that is part of what make them insects. For example, all adult insects have six legs and three main parts to their body – a head, thorax, and abdomen. In order to help QBoy and XGirl learn about insect anatomy, I created a game to reinforce these main insect body parts. You can download your copy of this game at the end of this post.
Note: For more resources, printables and activities related to insects, please see my insects unit study page.
The Insect Body Parts game involves building an insect part by part, with each part corresponding to a number from 1 to 6.
To play the game, my kids took turns rolling the dice.
Then, according to the number on the dice, they selected a body part and added it to our insect.
When they were done building their insect, we celebrated! (Note that the Parts of an Insect game can be played cooperatively – as I had my kids play – or competitively.)
After we finished building our insect, we took a look at our model butterfly from our Butterfly Life Cycle Stages Characters set to compare the butterfly’s body to the generic insect body from our game.
Of course, while adult insects all have the same main body parts, they differ in other ways. When we raised our butterflies, we were fascinated to see the butterflies using their proboscises – their slender, tubular feeding and sucking organs – to eat the fruit we had provided to them. The proboscis works quite a bit like the blowing toys I remember receiving as party favors when I was little, so I picked some up at the store for the kids to play with.
We all decided to be butterflies, and XGirl passed out a piece of fruit to all of us. Then we all used our proboscises to “eat” our fruit.
The kids had so much fun with this!
Finally, if you want a copy of my Parts of an Insect game, here is a sneak peak at what is included in this printable:
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More insect printables from Gift of Curiosity:
- Insects Printables Pack
- Insects Do-a-Dot Printables
- Insects Grid Games
- Ant Printables Pack
- Ant 3-Part Cards
- Ant Do-a-Dot Printables
- Ladybug Do-a-Dot Printables
- Bee Do-a-Dot Printables
- Bee Sudoku
- Butterfly Do-a-Dot Printables