Praying Mantis Lapbook

Assalaamu alaikum!

We had one of those amazing learning moments recently, alhamdulillah. Imaan and Zahra were playing in the back yard with some friends when they came across a praying mantis! They came running  inside  shouting for me to come and see. So out I went to see what they were so excited about, they were so amazed to have found a creature which camouflages itself so well. We discussed that for a bit then I reminded them to leave it alone as we don’t want to harm it. A bit later they came shouting for me to come see their amazing find. I went out to find them hopping about in excitement pointing at a spot on the wall. The praying mantis was laying eggs.

Imaan: “What is it doing Mommy?”

Umm Imaan: “Its laying eggs…”

Nusayba: “What is the white stuff?”

Umm Imaan: “Hmmm….”

Rabia: ” When will it hatch?”

Umm Imaan: “Ummm….”

I realised that I knew next to nothing about Praying mantes… I fended off most of their questions and ran inside to fetch my phone to take some pics. Here’s the Praying mantis laying its eggs.


  That evening I researched Praying mantis and downloaded a few pics and videos. Prepared a quick lapbook and felt a bit better about not being able to answer their questions! Here is a pic of the “white stuff”

According to wikipaedia:

 The female then lays between 10 and 400 eggs, depending on the species. Eggs are typically deposited in a frothy mass that is produced by glands in the abdomen. This froth then hardens, creating a protective capsule. The protective capsule and the egg mass is called an ootheca. Depending on the species, the ootheca can be attached to a flat surface, wrapped around a plant or even deposited in the ground.

As for when it will hatch…according to my research the female lays the eggs in autumn and the case (ootheca) protects it from the elements and predators and it will hatch in Spring insha Allah…so the girls will have to wait.

Over a few weeks we learnt lots about this fascinating creature. Here are some pictures I found from the blog:  Mrs Warner’s 4th Grade Classroom, she has some wonderful printable resources which she has made available on her blog.

Here are some pics of the different types of Praying mantises we found. I showed these to highlight the fact that there are different coloured Praying matises as they live in different environments.

According to wiwkijunior:

” A mantis will often roost in something close to its own body color. Most mantes are green or brown and they perch in grasses, bushes and trees. However, some other species are brightly colored and depend on flowers for camouflage.”

Here are some amazing examples:

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Homeschool share has some nice printables to create a lapbook or project

Here are some links to clips:

mini clip  from Animal Planet. (with music)

Amazing  you tube clip of the life cycle of the praying mantis.

Here is another life cycle clip.

Here are some links where you can find more info on Praying mantises:

I will post pics of our completed lapbook once we are done insha Allah.

I hope you will find benefit insha Allah.

Lapbook prep is hard work!

What a lot of cutting!

I realised on my second lapbooking attempt I have to have everything cut and already prepared to go into the lapbook. The girls would get distracted or Zahra would expect to get involved in the cutting! At their age getting involved in the actual creation of flaps is not essential. Imaan loves prettying it up and choosing where to place it and stick it which I realised is enough.

So here I am with a pain in my neck from sitting hunched (yes, I have very bad posture!) cutting pages and pages of Ramadaan prep-work (no, I don’t have a paper trimmer yet!). I never imagined there would be so much stuff LOL! It will be worth it on the day of each lesson insha Allah when I dont have to be running around making sure everything is in place.

Lapbooks are still new to me so there’s much I need to learn insha Allah, gosh homeschooling is new to me and there’s so much for me to learn but no matter if you are having a good day or a bad day… its the knowledge that the ultimate reward is with Allah (SWT) that gives you the drive to keep learning, overcoming obstacles and reaching those goals, insha Allah. It really does fill you with so much peace when you do things which will benifit you in dunya and aakhira (insha Allah).



Butterfly lapbook

We have been busy learning about the beautiful butterfly 🙂

The girls loved this, its our second attempt at a lapbook and I really feel this is the way forward for us…lapbooks that is. The way it works is you find the content for what ever you would like the kids to learn be it an animal or a concept or a book. You scour the web or create your own little printables. Homeschool share has a huge array of lapbooks to choose from and if you have something that is not on their list then they have templates and resources to use to create one with your own topic and information. Then you prepare a few lessons for the duration of the week and at the end of it you assemble all your work into a folder. You can always add to it at a later stage. My girls love revisiting theirs to look at all they have accomplished.

Before we started we watched a life cycle of the butterfly clip (there are quite a few to be found online). We discussed the different stages and the concept of metamorphosis. We always  come back to how Allah is Al Khaliq (our first lapbook was on one of the Names of Allah )

Most of the printouts I got from Homeschool share , I got the life cycle booklet and other things from Enchanted Learning

I cannot find where I got this grid from 🙁 Imaan was so surprised when she finished colouring  that there was an image of a butterfly.

There are soo many things to do with kids be it art n craft or pollination the list is endless, I think our butterfly lapbook is going to turn into a butterfly file 🙂

Here are a few things I found, some we did and some I would still like to do.

Cute Butterfly Unit

Butterfly life cycle nomenclature cards

Butterfly colouring in

Complete Unit of activities I used this as a guide and did most of the activities.

Insha Allah you will find benefit in this 🙂