Make and play with Venus Fly Traps

The Venus Fly Trap has to be one of the coolest plants to check out in preschool. After a discussion in our classroom on this rather unique plant, we made a simple paper plate Venus Fly Trap and then used them to catch a few bugs in our sensory center…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool

Our discussion was kicked off by our Scholastic magazine’s coverage of the Venus Fly Trap…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool 2

Then the children headed to our outdoor classroom to make their own paper plate Venus Fly Traps. They started by cutting around the edges of a green paper plate…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool 3

Then they folded their paper plate in half and added eyes or other features to complete their hungry plants…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool 5

Then the children took their bug eating plants over to feed them at the bug/rice sensory table…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool 8

We had lots of Venus Fly Trap pretend play going on all throughout the morning…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool 9

And lots of squeezing fly traps and pinching up rice and bugs – some great fine motor strengthening through our play…

Venus Fly Trap by Teach Preschool 6

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By |2013-05-15T06:00:37+00:00May 15th, 2013|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Eddie - The Usual Mayhem May 15, 2013 at 7:44 am - Reply

    This may just be my favourite post of your yet! I love it! Pinned.

  2. Sandi May 15, 2013 at 8:54 pm - Reply

    I just bought a Venus Fly Trap for the classroom. I think I will have to get some green paper plates so that we can make some venus fly traps for our bug sensory bin. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Amanda Mason May 17, 2013 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Very fun! Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. Janie July 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Another amazing plant that kids seem to love is the pet TickleMe Plant.
    Did you know that the TickleMe Plant will close its leaves and even lower its branches when you Tickle It!

    See the pet TickleMe Plant in action and by all means grow your own.

  5. Janie July 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I really love my pet TickleMe Plant

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