Bees, Butterflies, & Bugs Mobile


Create a colorful mobile with your favorite flying creatures. Combine various bug body types into a delightful display.


1. Discover the different body types in common insects, such as ants, beetles, butterflies, and bees. Look at pictures of mobiles, such as those created by Alexander Calder, to see how important balance is to their construction.

2. Cut out your insects. Draw a large insect with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils on the back of Crayola Color Explosion Paper. Erase if needed to make it as accurate as possible. Keep any legs or antennae wide so you can cut them out easily. Fold your paper over so the black sides touch. Cut out a pair of insects with Crayola Scissors. Repeat to make as many pairs of insects as you want for your mobile.

3. Decorate the insects. Place each set of insects with the black side up. Use Color Explosion Markers to decorate them. Think of interesting natural patterns and designs to make your creatures unique.

4. Lay one end of a thread on the back of an insect. Bend and place chenille stems on the back for legs and antennae. Cover the back of the matching insect with Crayola School Glue. Place it on top of the first piece, so the chenille stems and thread are sandwiched between. Repeat for all insects. Air-dry your insects.

5. Prepare your hanger. Trim construction paper to cover a cardboard tube. Poke the thread ends from the insects through the paper and them tape to the back. Wrap the paper around the tube (with the threads inside). Glue the paper to the tube. Attach paper clips around the ends until glue dries.

6. On more paper, use Crayola Crayons to create decorative details (maybe a sun and clouds). Cut them out. Glue them on the covered tube. Air-dry the glue.

7. Punch a hole at each end of the tube. Attach yarn to hang your mobile in a classroom display.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Color Explosion™ Black—Wash hands well with soap and water after use.

Recycled Cardboard Tubes—Use paper towel tubes, gift-wrap tubes, or long cardboard tubes that can be cut to any length. Health professionals caution against using recycled toilet paper tubes for arts & crafts projects because of the potential fecal contamination.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • Measure body sizes so that the insects on your mobile are to scale.
  • Take a nature walk to identify common insects that live in your area. Look under stones and logs, around flowers and gardens, and in other insect habitats. Sketch each one and note their coloring.
  • Create a stabile or mural with a similar theme.
  • Assessment: Verify that specific body types of different insects are correctly identified and re-created.

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crayola supplies
  • Crayons
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Neon Color Explosion®
  • Color Explosion™ Rainbow
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • recycled cardboard roll from Hallmark gift wrap
  • yarn
  • hole punch
  • paper clips
  • chenille sticks
  • thread



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students identify common insect bodies and create their own version of these types.

  • Students duplicate patterns and designs found in nature.

  • Students design and construct a mobile that represents various insect body types.


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