Bugs Every Which Way


Ever examine tiny insects through a magnifying glass? Draw your favorite bugs from different angles. Quick, do it before they crawl away!


1. Watch your favorite bugs crawl. Look at them through a magnifying glass. Can you see their three body segments? Find out more about insect bodies.

2. With Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils, make a rubbing on a textured surface such as sandpaper or bricks. Erase at least three bigger-than-life bug-sized areas.

3. In each space, draw your insect with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils from a different angle, such as from the top, bottom, or side. Color in your insects.

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  • Label the insect’s parts and segments. Set up a display.
  • Research spiders to find out what the difference is between them and insects. Draw spiders from three angles, too.
  • Using Crayola Model Magic, form an insect showing its three distinct body segments. Label the parts with toothpick flags.
  • Assessment: Review drawings for accuracy and details.

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Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • textured items, such as sandpaper, screen, paper doilies, rubber sink mat



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students gather information about insects through observation and research on the Internet or books.

  • Students analyze their insects from different angles to understand what various body segments are and do for the insect.

  • Students distinguish between various sections of an insect’s body by drawing three views of it.


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