Bug Camouflage

bugcamouflage This hide-and-seek activity is a great way for children to explore the natural world while learning about how animals use camouflage to protect themselves against predators.

Goals:

  • To develop observation skills
  • To describe and discuss the natural world, materials, and processes

Before You Start: Explain to the children that many insects, such as crickets and grasshoppers, are the same color as the grass, the trees, the leaves, or wherever it is they live. They are the same color to blend in and hide from animals that might want to eat them.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Go on a nature walk with the children and gather green or brown leaves from outdoors.

Step 2. After returning to the classroom, have the children draw a simple outline of a bug on to green or brown construction paper. Ask the children to cut their bug out.

Step 3. Play a game of "Can You Find Me?" by asking each child to leave the room for a minute (and no peeking). Hide the paper bug among the leaves.

Step 4. Call the child back into the room and ask if he can find the bug hidden within the leaves, just using his eyes. The other children can give clues if necessary.

Furthermore: Take another nature walk. This time look to see if you can find any bugs hiding on trees or on leaves.

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