Insect Cages



  • Milk carton, large yogurt container, or similar light-colored, flat-bottomed container
  • Large (adult) scissors
  • Old nylon stocking or Ziploc bag
  • Decorations


  1. Adult cuts large window at the top or top and side of the container.
  2. Child decorates the container (optional).
  3. Child pulls nylon over the container, covering the window.  If a Ziploc bag is used, be sure it does not seal the container completely.
  4. Place an insect into the cage gently and use the cage for observation.
  5. Discard the insect after a short time – it is inhumane to keep the critter in the cage for more than a few hours unless the child can feed and provide water for the insect.


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