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This resource is perfect if you want something exciting for a project-based learning unit. Enter the fascinating world of insects – from grasshoppers to shimmering fireflies. The resource includes a lesson plan that will guide you through the process of using biomimicry and steam activities. The aim is to inspire students to ask questions, study animals to design toys and solve problems.


Looking for something exciting for an insect or animal unit?


An idea for an insect project?


These activities are fun and engaging.


Feel inspired, Be Creative and Make Change.


1. Introduction to biomimicry

2. What we know and what we want to know

3. What I know about insects

4. Ways to find out about insects

5. I Love Dragonflies because. . .

6. How dragonfly and damselfly wings get their patterns

7. What if I was a dragonfly or a damselfly

8. Add extra to the ordinary! A dragonfly robot

9. Insect inspired Invention mind map

10. Things I Love about beetles and bugs

11. Acrostic poem

12. Color-in – bugs and beetles not tasty

13. Design Challenge— Ladybugs

14. Light Dance—Fireflies mind map

15. Random words – fireflies – cartoon

16. Imagination challenge – grasshopper – jumping machine

17. Design word challenge

18. Extra extra read all about it!

19. Praying mantis – build a machine that can grab things quickly

20. Gallery of Flies

21. Writing Challenge

22. Links and book tips


23. Biomimicry lapbook

24. 3 posters


Looking for a resource about butterflies? Check out Project Based Learning: Caterpillars & Butterflies – STEAM, Biomimicry, NGSS


You may also like Project Based Learning: Insect Bundle – STEAM, Biomimicry, NGSS


Reviews of other Sparking Children’s Thinkibility products:

Project based learning: Bats, STEAM, Biomimicry

“This product is absolutely the favorite one I have purchased all fall! I love the information that is provided about bats – just enough to intrigue and encourage higher level thinking. There are graphic organizers, worksheets, and subtle suggestions to help young learners perform at their best! And best of all, it stretches their creativity! Thanks for such an amazing resource!”


Project based learning: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians – STEAM, Biomimicry, NGSS

“Used this for a Kindergarten STEAM club unit and it was a hit!”


Why am I qualified to write these biomimicry resources? I am a member of BEN – Biomimicry Education Network – and a curator of educational resources at BEN. I am the author of the book Biomimicry with Theo & Tuva: Nature spotting inspires wild ideas. In 2015, I completed a course in Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.


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• This download is a PDF and is formatted in US Letter size. If you would prefer an alternate sizing, A4 size or spelling (colour vs color etc.), please leave me a note in the ‘ask a question section of my store’.


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