Paper Insect Collection

Make Your Own Paper Insect Collection

This year our schools workshops are a little different. Instead of making art for the procession inspired by the Carnival theme,  we’re going to make some art projects from home. We still want to learn about the theme for Carnival, which is ‘Mother Earth’ so we teamed up with scientists from the University of Oxford so we can learn about the environment.

In the two videos below, Chris Jarvis from the University of Oxford’s Museum of Natural History tells you about bugs – there are 5 million specimens kept at the Museum of Natural History in Oxford, including Charles Darwin’s own specimens collected during his expedition on the Beagle to Australia.

Artist Emily Cooling will also show you how to make your own bugs using materials you can find at home, such as old packaging, cartons, sweet wrappers and bubble wrap. You will need scissors, glue or tape and some paper or card for printing.

You’ll need to print three pages: an Insect Worksheet, a Box Template – you can choose between large and small, and an Insect Data Label for your creation. Follow these links to download and print your:

Box Template       Large Box Template 

Insect Worksheet       Insect Data Label

With huge thanks to the University of Oxford Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division for supporting this project and making it all possible, as well as Carnival at Home’s wonderful sponsors and supporters.

Parents and Teachers

Download the Paper Insects Information for Parents & Teachers to learn what your child will need to make their paper insects, and what adult supervision is required.

You might want to design your own insect. If you would like some help you could use these printable templates to make a dragonfly, butterfly or a cricket. We can’t wait to see what you make!

This workshop was made for Church Cowley St James Primary School, but everyone is welcome to join us in making paper insect displays.

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