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Fascinated with animal feathers, scales, and shells that seem to change color when they move? Create your own naturally iridescent insect colors!
Ask students if they have ever noticed that some insects, birds, or fish seem to change color as they move. What is happening? What you see is the light hitting the surface and ultraviolet rays bouncing back from different angles. If the animal’s covering (scales, shells, or feathers) reflects light at several different angles, they are often iridescent.
Encourage students to look for pictures of insects that have one main color, but seem to reflect different colors when they move. What are some of your favorite Iridescent Insects? Choose one that appeals to you.
Invite students to use Crayola® Scissors to cut the insect’s shape out of construction paper that is the main color of the insect. Add six construction paper legs.
Students glue insects to white paper with a Crayola Glue Stick.
Students use a white Crayola Gel Marker to fill in areas where they see iridescent colors on their insects. Color over the marker with the appropriate color of Crayola Gel Markers.
Use Crayola Glitter Glue to highlight iridescent areas. Air-dry flat before displaying.
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