Bug is a term used for all creepy crawlers, including insects and spiders. An easy way to distinguish insects and spiders is called The 3 + 3 Rule.
- three pairs of legs (3 legs on each side of its second body part)
- three body parts
Let’s Get Buggy
1. On index cards, draw simple bugs.
Make some the bugs insects (these meet the 3 + 3 rule for insects).
Drawing A has three pairs of legs, but only two body parts. This bug is not an insect.
Drawing B has three pairs of legs and three body parts. This bug is an insect.
2. Kids can separate the cards into two stacks:
Stack 1: YES (Bug drawings are insects)
Stack 2: NO (Bug drawings are not insects.)
After kids know how to identify insects, they can create more BUG ID Cards.
More Facts About Insects
Insects have 2 eyes and 2 antennae on their head. Some are wingless and some have one or two pairs of wings on their second body part.