Best Bug

Build an insect activity

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Is there a perfect insect? Insects have adaptations that help them survive in their habitat, though these adaptations may have tradeoffs. Learn a little bit about some common insects, and based on their structures and functions, create your own type of bug that you believe would dominate over the rest.

Materials List

  • Bell Insect Analysis Sheeta homemade bug
  • Sponges
  • Paper towel rolls/toilet paper rolls
  • Thin cards
  • Paper scraps
  • Tissue paper
  • Straws
  • Glue/Tape
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paint, markers, crayons, colored pencils, etc
  • Any crafting materials you find around your house!


  1. First you will need to learn a little bit about some common insects: butterfly, ladybird, housefly, and aphids. You can use the Bell Insect Analysis Table to help you gather information on each insect OR you can just write down observations about each insect in your own notebook or on a sheet of paper.
    1. Best way is to research the images of these organisms on the web OR go and try to find these organisms where you live.
  2. Based on your observations, decide what you have found have made these organisms successful and could be useful with forming your own perfect insect.
  3. Now it is time to design your insect. Draw it out on a separate line in a Bell Insect Analysis homemade bugTable/a journal/sheet of paper. Also make a list of the items you will need to create your bug.
  4. Collect all the materials you need for material. Try to find items around your house that can be reused.
  5. Build your bug!
  6. After you have built your best bug, name it and make sure you know why your bug is the best!