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DAY 5

Kingdom of Bugs

Insect Architecture

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

  • A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
  • Paper
  • Pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Marshmallows
  • Toothpicks
  • Sidewalk chalk

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FOR PARENTS

Ask About Today

What are some interesting insect homes you learned about today? What materials did the insects use to create them?

Dinner Discussion

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

Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.

explore

30 minutes

Human beings aren't the only species on the planet building skyscrapers. Did you know termites built them first?

01

Home Sweet (Termite) Home

Enter a termite mound to see how they build these tall and temperature-controlled structures.

VISIT

Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.

02

Neat Nests

From moths to ants to wasps, here are 12 more nests that will blow your mind.

03

Planet Ant

An ant colony is a complex community with different relationships and jobs. Go inside one to see how ants communicate and build their world.

04

Ant Bridge

Watch these ants build a bridge in midair using just their own bodies. Quite a feat of engineering, right?

For younger explorers

Visit the Ant Hill

What's in an ant hill? Watch this video to see what's happening deep underground.

create

45-60 minutes

Time to design and build a structure all your own...if you can do it without eating the materials first.

01

Marshmallow Architecture

Draw inspiration from the insect world to build your own inventive structure. The catch? Your only tools are marshmallows and toothpicks.

read

30 minutes

Insects make for quite innovative architects. Dive into these unexpected facts about bug building. Do the answers surprise you?

01

Wasp Nests 101

Wasps use paper to build their nests, but where do they get it from? (Clearly, they can't shop at Target.) First, make your own prediction. Then find out the truth.

02

Meet the Weaver Ant

Weaver ants get their name because they sew their homes together. But how do they do it without a needle and thread? Read more about these incredible insects.

For younger explorers

Roberto, the Insect Architect

Meet Roberto, the Insect Architect, in today's read-aloud.

play

30 minutes

Building like an insect requires ingenuity, engineering, and math. Get to work!

01

Escape the Grid

As you’ve seen, insects are smart engineers. Try your hand at this engineering game, where you'll have to help the red block escape the grid. (Trust us: It's harder than it looks.)

02

Animalines

Try to match these animals up by dragging them to their pairs. To master this game, you'll have to make the lines between the animal pairs touch all the shapes in the picture.

move

15-45 minutes

Time to whip out the sidewalk chalk!

01

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.

CHECK IT OUT

Stay Safe: Please remember to stay socially distanced while you're out and about.

more to explore

15-30 minutes

Fan of insect architecture? Explore some more!

01

Learning From Termites

Meet an architect who used an important lesson from termite mounds to create a natural cooling system in a building in Zimbabwe.

02

F-ANT-astic Structures

These 10 different ant structures will surprise and amaze you.

03

Build Your Own...Anything!

Insects use materials from their environments to build their homes. If you're into building things, here are some more ideas for how to be an innovative architect using stuff from around your own home.

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