Swarms of Bees, Beetles, & Bugs


Add "bling" to any science project, such as this insect drawing, with new technology!


1. Research anatomy of insects you are studying. Note the names of their body parts. Sketch them on paper with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Erase and draw again until you are satisfied that your drawings are accurate.

2. After you determine how many and which types of insects you’ll include in your swarm, decide on a layout for your finished piece. You could even cut out your practice sketches and arrange them different ways.

3. Use the Crayola Color Explosion paper and markers to draw your swarm of insects. Pay special attention to thick and thin lines you can create with the marker tip. The paper automatically shows random bright colors inside your lines!

4. To finish your artwork, choose a simple design for the background. Dots look terrific!

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.


  • Label the body parts.
  • Work in groups, each with a classification of insect, and display your drawings together.
  • Assessment: Check accuracy of the insects’ body parts, their basic shapes, and aesthetic positions on the page.

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crayola supplies
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Neon Color Explosion®
  • Color Explosion™ Rainbow
household supplies
  • white paper



  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students recognize and identify body parts of several different insects

  • Students compare technical drawings of insects and the results of their practiced drawings.


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