Here is our orange bug instalment: the cotton harlequin bug. We chose this one because C liked the metallic blue on their backs.
To start you need a paper plate painted orange. Cotton harlequin bugs have very symmetrical blue spots on their backs. So once it was dry, then we folded the plate in half and C put blue paint on one side. We folded it back in half and C helped squish the sides together. Then we opened it up and C added blue sparkly glue (got from the dollar store)on top of the blue paint and re-folded the plate. The sparkles were a big hit with C. While the blue paint and sparkles dried, I got the rest of the supplies ready: three pipe cleaners cut in half (edges tucked in), googly eyes, a black half oval with antennae (we added blue paint to either side of the head piece too), glue, and a paintbrush.
The next step involved gluing everything together. We added eyes to the head and glued the head and legs to the back of the plate. After the glue dried, I reinforced the legs and head with tape to ensure they won’t fall off.
Isn’t our bug wall looking pretty cute so far?!
In terms of books, I couldn’t find any appropriate leveled books on cotton harlequin bugs but here are some great ones on bugs in general:
Hey, Little Ant (Phillip and Anna Hoose): This book shows a conversation between a boy and an ant and contemplates the question: to squish or not to squish.
The Diary of a Worm (Harry Bliss): This is such a cute book. It follows a worm as he goes through his day to day activities. It is a very humorous read.
The Very Quiet Cricket (Eric Carle): I had to include one by Eric Carle, of course! This book is about a cricket who can’t sing – wait for the surprise ending…
BTW, what did one girl firefly say to the other? You glow girl!