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.