Balance a Bug and Bug Poetry

A drawing of a skull with a striped background

You’ll find this inexpensive product at my TpT store – students balance a butterfly. It can be a quick science activity, a take home activity, or an event for a family science night. Maybe you need an activity to add to your sub folder?

You’ll need some cardstock, scissors, and pennies with tape or large paperclips.

My product includes a PowerPointâ„¢ with copyright-free images of balancing objects. If you just need a pattern, you can find it here.

Students could easily extend the activity using a bit of imagination and an index card to create a new object that balances easily. Then they share their new options with classmates.

A drawing of a skull with a striped background


While you’re balancing butterflies here are a few poems from familiar poets about insects.

A drawing of a skull with a striped background The Butterfly Jar

Jeff Moss

  • “Bugs”
  • “The Butterfly Jar”
  • “The Tree”


A Pizza the Size of the Sun

Jack Prelutsky

  • “The Fummawummalummazumms”
Something Big has Been Here

Jack Prelutsky

  • “I’m Off to Catch a Bumblebee”
  • “Mosquitoes, Mosquitoes”
  • “My Brother’s Bug”
  • “The Spider”
  • “Who Pulled the Plug on my Ant Farm?”

The New Kid on the Block, Jack Prelutsky

  • “Grieselda Gratz”
  • “The Carpenter Rages”
A Light in the Attic

Shel Silverstein


Falling Up, Shel Silverstein



Do you have any favorite poems that feature insects??