Second Grade is all about bugs.They love them, they learn about them, they have them in their classroom, they occasionally bring them in to to show me.
I will long remember the boy whose mom brought in a praying mantis as it was unfolding from its egg case. Definitely a second grade highlight.
Anyway, these are done with paper scraps. We talk about bug parts: antenna, legs, wings, pincers, mouth parts, etc. We also talk about symmetry, creativity, and having fun. If they choose to, they can name their bug with cool names.
I do start them out with a rectangle that they can fold in half and cut to use for the head, abdomen, and thorax.
The rest of the parts are created from my giant bags of colored scrap collected from other teachers and the die cut machine.