Hi everyone! Squeaks and I were just outside,
and while we were enjoying the sun, we spotted a few different insects. They were so colorful and wonderful to look
at, that we thought we would make some insect-inspired art to brighten up our lab! We’ve talked about insects before on SciShow
Kids, so you may remember what makes an insect an insect. One thing that all insects have in common,
is that they have three main body parts! There’s the head … …the part in the middle is called the thorax… …and the abdomen at the end! The second thing that makes an insect an insect
is that they have an exoskeleton. Insects don’t have bones the way we do, instead
they have hard skeletons on the outside of their body that they use to stand up, move
around, and protect their insides. The final thing that makes an insect different
from other animals is the number of legs they have! Do you remember how many? That’s right: six! So keeping these things in mind, let’s make
some insect art! I’m going to make my insect out of construction
paper, but you can paint your insect, make it out of clay, or use stuff you find around
your house! If you want to follow along with me and use
construction paper, you’ll need scissors, glue, a pencil, pen or crayon, and a few different
markers. Remember, if you’re gonna use scissors, tell a grown up! First, I’m gonna to choose a few different
colored pieces of paper to make my head, thorax, and abdomen. Now that I have my colors, I’ll start off by marking where I want to
cut with my pencil. Now that I have my insect parts outlined,
I’ll cut the different shapes out. Once I’ve cut out the shapes, I’ll glue
them together. Remember which goes where? The head goes wherever you want the front
to be… …the thorax goes right in the middle… …and the abdomen brings up the rear! Since our insects are flat, we won’t need
to worry about making an exoskeleton. But we should add some legs! I’ll cut another piece of construction paper into six strips, for our six insect legs. Now let’s glue them to our insect’s body.
An insect has three legs on each side, and they attach to the thorax, the middle part
of the body! That looks great! What do you think Squeaks? [Squeaks asks a question] You’re right, we should add a little personality!
How about a face? On the head of an insect you’ll find their antennae, mouth, and eyes.
So let’s add those to our insect’s head. Insects are special because they have compound
eyes. This means that each of their eyes are made up of smaller eyes that all work together to make one picture. And their mouths are different from ours because they have a mouth as well
as biting parts that help them eat! Alright! What do you think? Is she ready to
hang up in the lab? Well there you go! We made some insect inspired
art and the lab has some bright new decorations! Would you like to share your insect art with
Squeaks and me? Just grab a grown up and send us an e-mail at [email protected]! And if
you have any questions about anything at all, leave a comment down below! Thanks for joining us
on SciShow Kids! And we’ll see you next time here at the fort!

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