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Make a Noise Like a Grasshopper

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Make a Noise like a Grasshopper

Materials: jumbo craft sticks, plastic combs

Grasshoppers have very strong back legs for hopping great lengths compared to their body size. Their front legs are used for holding on to grasses and other plants. The middle set of legs help them to walk.

Some male grasshoppers sing or chirp by rubbing their back legs across their front wings. Each species has its own song that is recognized by the female of that species. 

(A grasshopper’s ears are on its legs.)

If your site has a green space, take the children outside during August or September to hunt for grasshoppers.  A plastic cage lined with grass and kept out of the direct sun is a good home for captive grasshoppers.  The children can observe their grasshoppers for a few days and then release them.

Good books to share are Grasshoppers by Cheryl Coughlan or Grasshopper by Karen Hartley (Heinemann Bug Books).


Let the child choose a craft stick and a comb.

Show them how to rub the stick against the comb’s teeth.

Take the children outside to a grassy area if possible and let them sing and hop like grasshoppers.


NE Early Learning Science Outcomes:

  • Toddlers - child develops scientific knowledge through active exploration of the environment
  • child develops understanding of simple cause and effect relationships Ages 3 – 5  makes observations and describes objects and processes in the environment
  • shows interest in active investigation Connecting Children to Nature – carefully observes items in nature and describes what has been observed 


Head Start Child Outcomes Framework

  • begins to use senses and a variety of tools and simple measuring devices to gather information, investigate materials
  • observe processes and relationships
  •  expands knowledge of and abilities to observe, describe, discuss the natural world, materials, living things and natural processes


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