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Hide-and-Seek: an activity for children of all ages. Many insects use camouflage to protect themselves by blending in with their surroundings. In this activity, children will learn how insects keep themselves from being eaten.
- magnifying glass
- natural colored clothing
- Read one or more of the following books:
- Camouflage and Mimicry by Bobbie Lavigne Kalman – recommended for children ages 8-12.
- Grasshoppers by James P. Rowan – recommended for children ages 6-10. (R)
- Dot & Jabber and the Big Bug Mystery by Ellen Stoll Walsh – recommended for children ages 4-7.
- How to Hide a Butterfly & Other Insects by Ruth Heller – recommended for children ages 3-7.
- Go outside and look among the leaves and on the ground to see what insects you can find using camouflage, such as grasshoppers, praying mantises, caterpillars, snails, and butterflies. Study the ways in which they use camouflage.
- Discuss camouflage and ask the following questions: Is anyone wearing clothes today that make them blend in with their environment? Is anyone wearing clothes that makes them stand out or attract attention to themselves? If so, what can they do to hide? What types of habitats or surroundings do insects live in? What colors would help them to hide in those environments? What colors would make them stand out?
- For further fun learning: Get a group together and play a game of hide and seek using camouflage techniques. For example, if wearing a green shirt, hide in the grass or among the trees. If wearing a bright orange shirt, use a brown sweatshirt to cover the shirt and hide on the ground in the dirt.