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Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Puppet and Toss Game

Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Puppet Craft with pompom fly from www.daniellesplace.com

Children or adults can use this puppet to teach about the Venus Flytrap. It is so simple to make and only takes two paper plates and a little bit of card stock.

What you will need:

Two Regular-sized Paper Plates

Green and Pink Acrylic Paint

White Card Stock

Large Craft Wiggle Eyes

Two Inch Pom Poms

 

How to Make the Venus Flytrap Puppet:

Venus flytrap craft diagram

 

1. Fold one paper plate in half so that the top of the plate is on the outside. This will be the inside mouth of the Venus Flytrap. Paint the inside green around the edge and pink in the middle.

2. Cut another paper plate in half, and cut a curve from the side of one of the halves as shown in the diagram to the right. This will be the bottom outside of the Venus Flytrap. Paint the bottoms of the paper plate halves green.

3. Cut a strip of card stock two inches wide and 8 1/2" long. Cut wedge shapes (teeth) from the strip as shown in the picture below. Glue the teeth around the edge of the unpainted side of the mouth piece. Fold the mouth in half to make sure you glue the bottom teeth so they line up opposite the top teeth. When the teeth come together they should alternate. Glue the paper plate halves to the folded paper plate mouth covering the area where the teeth are glued to the mouth.

venus flytrap teeth diagram

4. Glue eyes to the top of the puppet.

5. Use your puppet to teach about Venus Flytraps.

 

Educational Activities Using the Venus Flytrap Puppet

1. Discuss how Venus Flytraps catch their prey by snapping shut their modified leaves when trigger hairs are touched. The teeth around the end of the leave form a cell-like enclosure so that flies can not escape. Have your children make their own paper plate flytraps and then test them to see if they can catch flies. Make flies from 2-inch black pom poms. Cut strips of white plastic grocery bags about 6" long by 1" wide. Tie the strip around the center of the pom pom and then cut the ends into wing shapes. Glue on wiggle eyes to finish.

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Grow Your Own Venus Flytraps

 

Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Craft and Writing Activity

Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Craft with Writing Sheet Template from www.daniellesplace.com
Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Craft with circular book template from www.daniellesplace.com

Use this Venus Flytrap paper plate craft as a educational tool. Children can write facts about flytraps on the writing sheet or the circular book and glue it to the inside of the paper plate flytrap.

What you will need:

Regular-sized Paper Plate

Green and Pink Paint

Paint Brushes

Scissors

Green Construction Paper

 

How to Make the Paper Plate Venus Flytrap:

1. Paint the bottom of the paper plate green and the top green around the edges. When it is dry fold it in half so that the top of the plate is on the inside.

2. Print out the circular book or writing sheet on onto pink paper. (Patterns available to members or as part of the Venus Flytrap instant download above.)

3. Have your children write facts about flytraps on writing paper or circular book and then glue it to the inside center of the paper plate flytrap.

4. Cut wedge shapes all the way around the edge of the paper plate to make the cilia.

Test Your Knowledge - Can You Answer these Questions About the Venus Flytrap?

1. What does the flower of the Venus Flytrap look like?

2. Where do Venus Flytraps grow naturally?

3. How does the flytrap attract bugs?

4. How does it know when an insect has landed on it.

5. How does the flytrap determine when to snap shut its leaf?

6. How many hairs does the flytrap have?

7. How long does it take a plant to digest an insect?

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Venus Flytrap Craft and Learning Activity

Venus Flytrap paper plate craft with insect printable sheet.  Children see how many bugs they can identify and/or place them in subphylums from www.daniellesplace.com

 

Use this Venus Flytrap paper plate craft as a educational tool. Children can see how many different arthropods they can name and feed to the Venus Flytrap, and classify them into phyluma and classes.

What you will need:

Regular-sized Paper Plate

Green and Pink Paint

Paint Brushes

Scissors

Green Construction Paper

 

Printable Bug Activity Sheet for the Venus Flytrap Paper Plate Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

 

How to Make the Paper Plate Venus Flytrap:

1. Paint the bottom of the paper plate green and the top green around the edges. When it is dry fold it in half so that the top of the plate is on the inside.

2. Cut wedge shapes all the way around the edge of the paper plate to make the cilia.

5. Print out the "Feed Me" sheet onto pink paper. Cut stem shapes from green construction paper and glue them to the side of the flytrap.

3. Print out the arthropod sheet or use clip art. (Printable pattern available to members or part of the Venus Flytrap instant download.)

4. Have your children see how many arthropods they can name and feed them to the flytrap. Then have them divide them into phyla and classes.

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Venus Flytrap "Feed Me" Printable Board Game

Venus Flytrap Printable Board Game. Children make up questions about flytraps and then play the board game to review what they have learned. www.daniellesplace.com

This printable game is a great way to review facts about Venus Flytraps.

Children read about flytraps and make up their own questions and answers for the game.

Each player starts with five flies. Players take turns picking a card and trying to answer a question. If a player answers a question correctly, he spins a die and tries to get one of his flies to land on the Venus flytrap space.

The player who "feeds" all his flies to the flytrap first wins.

This printable game is available to members or as part of the Venus Flytrap instant download.

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Venus Flytrap - Label the Parts Printable Activity Sheet for Home school

venus flytrap - label the parts printable activity sheet

Look up information about Venus Flytraps and other carnivorous plants online and watch the suggested online videos and then print out the Venus Flytrap Activity Sheet and see if you can name the parts of the plant or draw your own Venus Flytrap and label the parts.

(Printable pattern available to members or as part of the Venus Flytrap instance download.

Answers from top to bottom: Trigger hairs, marginal teeth or cilia, kidney-shaped leaf tip, flower, and lower part of the leaf.

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More Learning Activities

1. Lookup these other interesting Carnivorous Plants on the Web - Cobra Lily, English Sundew, Pitcher Plants, and Yellow Trumpet.

2. Check out these videos and Movie:

BBC - Life - Venus Flytraps: Jaws of Death - This is an amazing video with up-close images of the flytrap, hairs, nectar, fly, etc. Don't miss this video!

LIFE - Venus Flytrap Catches Flies - This is the same amazing video as above, but has a different commentator.

Watch "Little Shop of Horrors" 1986 Movie with Steve Martin, Rick Morainis, and Bill Murray