Make a Buggy Buddy

Buggy buddy

Let your imagination soar as you create your own giant insect.

What You Need

  • Cardboard (cereal box, poster board, manila folder)
  • Egg carton
  • Paint or felt pens
  • Scraps of black and white paper
  • Colored pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Tape or glue
  • Jar (optional)

What You Do

  1. Catch a Bug
    Catch an insect and look closely at it in a jar (or find a picture of one you like in Ranger Rick).
  2. Cut Out Shapes
    Cut out:

    • egg-carton cups for the main body
    • paper circles for eyes (Try white ones with smaller black ones placed on top.)
    • cardboard shapes for wings, upper legs, or other extra features
  3. Color Your Bug
    Add color if you want, using paint or felt pens.Buggy buddy
  4. Assemble Bug
    Glue or tape the parts together. Glue or tape on pipe cleaner legs and antennas.
    Ranger’s Note: If you caught an insect, let it go where you found it after it’s done modeling.
    PHOTOS BY STEVE BROADDUS; INSECTS BY JUDITH MOFFAT; IDEA BY JANET SCHMIDTBuggy buddy