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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer Bugs Series: Dragonflies (twig dragonfly tutorial)

During these warmer days, a sure way to get my sons outside is to grab a water bottle and magnifying glass and invite them on a bug hunt.  This summer I am extending the activity by incorporating it into some summer learning and providing links to learning websites, crafts, and stories about bugs.

This week we are studying dragonflies.  They seem so mysterious, with their bright colors and the way they hover over water.  When we see one, my boys throw out many questions and observations.

Below are some links for learning about dragonflies:

Download a dragonfly lapbook from Homeschool Share

Dragonfly coloring pages and here.

Beautiful photos of East Coast dragonflies - great to use in a matching game

Download a colorful sheet to learn the difference between a dragonfly and damselfly.

See lovely photos and learn more dragonfly facts from the San Diego Zoo.

The Dragonfly Story - this is a lovely story about a dragonfly who, born in the water, leaves the stream to fly away. As a side note, this story is a good way to help children deal with the loss of a loved one.

Feeling artsy? How to draw a dragonfly and a video of how to draw

Here is an interesting Video about dragonflies.

We read some wonderful books about dragonflies including:

The most colorful wings on the pond belong to the nimble dragonfly, but this delicate flying insect didn't begin life in the air. The secrets of metamorphosis are unfurled in this story of the life of a familiar backyard creature.

A dragonfly lays her clutch of eggs and the life cycle of dragonflies has begun. Watch as the little nymphs change over time into beautiful adults who can move through the air like an acrobat.

This was one of our favorites!  Eliza and her friends learn all about dragonflies when they join Aun Doris on trips to a nearby pond. The science about dragonflies is perfectly integrated into a story in which the remarkable metamorphosis of a dragonfly from a mucky nymph (Eeeewww, says Eliza) to a beautiful winged creature (Magnificent! says Aunt Doris) is a metaphor for the magic of how Eliza, too, grows up.

We also had fun making twig dragonflies:

When they were all dry, we added them to our summer nature table:

Next, we are studying ladybugs...


  1. Last summer we studied butterflies. http://creativethemesforlearningandplay.blogspot.ca/search/label/Butterflies
    This blog hasn't been updated in a very long time but I would like to get back to it one day.
    Just thought you might like some ideas when you come to butterflies. I love your dragonfly ideas! Have fun!
    ~ joey ~

    1. Thanks, I would love to link up your post. :)

  2. What a lovely idea. Maybe you could also make a mobile out of them.

    1. I tried making a mobile, but they were front heavy and kept tipping forward even when I used 2 strings. If you figure out how to balance them, please let me know :)

  3. that is a very cool idea, I really like them.

  4. They are so pretty! What a great idea. My girls would love this!

  5. I'd love if you'd come share this with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/07/eco-kids-tuesday_30.html

  6. The dragonflies came our really nice. I love the sparkle.

  7. just another person to applaud the glitter dragon flies!


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