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Praying Mantis Anatomy
Insects are fascinating creatures, but they're awfully small and difficult to see, not to mention a little nerve-racking for some parents. This art-project-turned-anatomy-lesson will give your child a larger than life model for scientific scrutiny, right down to the movable legs!
Your little entomologist will develop a healthy curiosity while doing research and finding a good template for her puppet, work on her fine motor skills while cutting out the puppet parts and fastening them together, and learn about the differences between insect and human bodies all the while! During play, she'll synthesize her imagination and newly-acquired facts, an essential critical thinking skill that will allow her to learn and play more thoughtfully. Additional activities included below will make this puppet a generous playmate and teacher!