Rock Bugs

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Rock Bugs
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages preschooler

It's easy to watch bugs all day long -- especially when you make them yourself. Create your own insects out of natural materials and pose them around your campsite. You'll find some suggested bugs below, but feel free to use your imagination to come up with others too.

What you'll need

  • Smooth pebbles in different shapes, colors, and sizes (for the body)
  • Tacky glue
  • Small twigs, blades of grass, and pine needles (for the legs and antennae)
  • Leaves in different shapes, colors, and sizes (optional, for the wings)
  • Flower petals (optional, for the wings)

Rock Ant
Rock Bug

How to make it

  1. First, build a body from the pebbles. For example, make a dragonfly by gluing a small rock (the head) on top of a long skinny rock (the body). Or glue three small pebbles end to end to make an ant.

  2. Add appendages by putting a drop of glue on the end of each leg, then pressing it to the rock. Finally, glue on wings and antennae, if you like.

    "Rock Bugs" from the book, "Camp OUt! The Ultimate Kids' Guide" Workman Publishing)

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