Bug Superpower Activity

bug superpower kids activity. Made from repurposed cardboard

My son’s obsession with bugs started with this Insect Superpower book. He now loves to talk non stop about what “superpowers” bugs have. I thought it would be fun to turn his interest into a Bug Superpower activity. With this activity, he is able to capture bugs, examine them, and decide which “superpowers” they possess. It is such a fun way to explore the many amazing abilities of bugs!

Insect superpowers book and activity

How I Made This Bug Superpower Activity

First, I began by tracing an old duct tape roll and cutting out a circle the size of the duct tape roll.

Next, I cut out a hollow circle that fit over top of the circle that I had cut out of the cardboard.

Then, I covered the hole on the cardboard with contact paper. If I were to do this project, I would try using something more clear to see through like a clear container top or saran wrap because the contact paper made it a little difficult to see the bugs clearly. 

Next, I used a hot glue gun to attach the duct tape roll to the hole in the cardboard.

Then, I glued the hollow ring over the cardboard circle to make it look like the top of a magnifying glass and then glued on a stick to make it look like the handle of the magnifying glass. 

After finishing the magnifying glass portion, I then wrote out the words with paint pens. For the “superpower” words, I wrote them onto small pieces of cardboard and hot glued them on. 

Next, I drew squares next to the “superpower” words with my paint pens.

Finally, I finished the project by covering the squares with contact paper. This made it reusable. My son was able to put check marks in the boxes with a dry erase marker and then erase it. If I were to make this activity again, I would cover the whole board with contact paper so when my son decided to color all over it, the whole board would have been erasable.

How To Play

My son and I searched for bugs around our yard. When we would find one, we would trap it in the duct tape roll and look at it through the “magnifying glass.” I would then list off the “superpowers” and my son would use a dry erase marker to check the box of the “superpowers” that he thought the bug had. 

Bug superpower activity for kids

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What You Will Need:

Cardboard, contact paper, paint pens, hot glue gun, old duct tape roll, stick, dry erase markers

Directions:

  1. First, trace an old duct tape roll and cut out a circle the size of the duct tape roll out of a piece of cardboard
  2. Secondly, cut out a hollow circle that fits over top of the circle cut out of the cardboard
  3. Next, cover the hole on the cardboard with contact paper
  4. Then, use hot glue to attach the duct tape roll to the circle hole in the cardboard
  5. Next, glue the hollow ring over the cardboard circle cut out to look like the top of a magnifying glass  
  6. Then, glue on a stick to make it look like the handle of a magnifying glass
  7. Then, write out the words with paint pens. For the “superpower” words, write them on small pieces of cardboard and hot glue them on. 
  8. Next, draw squares next to the “superpower” words with paint pens
  9. Lastly, cover the squares with contact paper

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Christine
6 months ago

What a great activity and so easy to do. You could do this for a whole group of children as it is so great for those of us on a budget.

Rachael
6 months ago

I love this. So creative and allows the littles to use their imaginations as well!

Katherine
6 months ago

What an amazing idea! I’m going to have to try this with my littles! Thanks so much for sharing!

Katherine
6 months ago

What an amazing idea! I’m going to have to try this with my littles! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Elli
6 months ago

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