Kingdom of Bugs
Before the Empire State Building, before the Taj Mahal, insects have been dominating architecture all over the world. From cool to complex, learn how bug homes have inspired humans to become better and more efficient builders.
what you’ll need
- Your Camp Kinda toolkit
- Small marshmallows
- Sidewalk chalk
Ask About Today
What are some interesting insect homes you learned about today? What materials did the insects use to create them?
If you were dropped into the middle of a forest, you would probably want to build a shelter right away. How would you do it?
Skip the Ads
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Human beings aren't the only species on the planet building skyscrapers. Did you know termites built them first?
Home Sweet (Termite) Home
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Learn about an architect who used termite mounds for inspiration to design a building that can cool itself.
Watch these ants build a bridge in midair using just their own bodies. Quite a feat of engineering, right?
Visit the Ant Hill
Inside a Wasp Nest
You may have seen a wasp nest before—a big papery egg-shaped structure hanging from the branch of a tree. What's inside? Let's find out.
Time to design and build a structure all your own...if you can do it without eating the materials first.
Draw inspiration from the insect world to build your own inventive structure. The catch? Your only tools are marshmallows and toothpicks.
Insect Art Gallery
Look at these sidewalk designs dedicated to bugs for inspiration, then draw your own masterpiece in front of your home. You might even want to ask your neighbors (from a distance) to join in on the fun—then take a walk down the block to admire all the bug-inspired artwork.