Gardening Lab for Kids: Rock Bugs

Kids love spending time outdoor and we should encourage them to get muddy exploring nature, mini beasts and being creative with things found in the garden. A new book called Gardening Lab for Kids has the perfect project for young children called Rock Bugs which is easily explained and illustrated here.

Gardening Lab for Kids Rock bugs

Materials

Photos of bugs

Smooth rocks in different shapes and sizes

Pencil

Acrylic paint in all sorts of colors

Small paintbrushes

Polyurethane

Foam brush

 

Dig in!

 Bugs are important to have in the garden: they pollinate, protect biodiversity, eat bad things, and are themselves food for other things. In this Lab, we pay homage to these delightful little creatures by making rock images of them to adorn your garden. You can be as realistic or fanciful with your creations as you wish. Find photos of bugs online or get some bug identification books from the library.

  1. Make sure the rocks are clean and dry. Select the type of bug you want to paint and outline its design on the rock with pencil. (Fig. 1)
Gardening Lab for Kids Rock bugs

Fig. 1: Draw the bug on the rock.

 

2. Use the paint to fill in the design. Allow paint to dry overnight. (Fig. 2)

Gardening Lab for Kids Rock bugs

Fig.2. Use the paint to fill in the design. Allow paint to dry overnight. (Fig. 2)

 

 

3. Cover the entire design with the polyurethane to preserve your creation. Allow to dry. Place your rock bugs in your garden for everyone to admire. (Fig. 3)

Gardening Lab for Kids Rock bugs

Fig. 3

Fig. 3

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