Review: Busy Beetles and Batty Lizards


Submitted by: Susan Tiemstra, elementary art teacher from Clarendon Hills, Illinois

Art Game Title: Busy Beetles and Batty Lizards

Grade Level(s): K – 5

Category: Art Production, Citizenship, Teaching Resource

Product Review: Busy Beetles and Batty Lizards are puzzles that integrate the subject of mathematical tessellation and art, as pattern, color and a connection to the art of M.C. Escher. Each puzzle comes with suggested patterns that can challenge students, however, there are endless ways these puzzles can be created either individually, in groups or as a whole class! These puzzles are a great after finishing art projects, keeps their minds engaged, and provides an opportunity to improve leadership and citizenship skills whether you have 5 minutes or more. I own several of each of the Busy Beetles and Batty Lizards, and my students from kindergarten through 5th grade never get tired of creating with them!

Bucket Rating (out of 5):

(5) Love it!  Need it!  Gotta have it now!

(5) Love it! Need it! Gotta have it now!

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  • February 15, 2010

    Jacqueline Stibbard

    Is this product availabel in Australia, we had it at our preschool and lost it in a housefire.

  • February 26, 2010

    Sylvia Rogers

    I have been looking for these since December 2009 but have so far had no luck.

  • […] in my room. In the Garden. These soft foam puzzle pieces have endless tessellation possibilities. Busy Beetles and Batty Lizards is another option shared with us by Susan Tiemstra. For older students who like more of a challenge […]

  • December 3, 2010

    Kevin Tjaden

    I have 4 busy beetles and 3 batty lizards, brand new that we can send for $9.99 each + shipping. We plan on putting them on e-bay in the next couple of days for that price.

  • December 7, 2010


    Kevin Tjaden I want to buy at least one of each of these from you. How can I go about doing that? My daughter just played with these at her great aunts house and LOVED them. I can’t find them where I live. Please let me know.

  • January 21, 2011


    If you still have any batty lizards or busy beetles, I would love two sets of either.

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