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Arts & Crafts: Bugs

Ant Hill added 7-23-98
Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper cup, paper plate, Plastic Ants, Brown paint, Green paint, Paint brush, and Glue

Directions: Paint the paper cup brown. Paint the paper plate green. Then glue the paper cup to the paper plate. You can purchased ants form Oriental Trading 
(144 for $2.00) The children then can glue the ants on their ant hill.

Ant on a Picnic added 7-23-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Red and black paint, white paper, paint brushes, a pencil, and a black marker

Directions: Have the children paint a checker board with the red paint on a piece of paper. This will look like a picnic table cloth. Once it dries have the children paint ants on it. They can use their fingers by place 3 finger prints in a row. Or for the children who donít like to do that, they can use the eraser on a pencil. Once that dries you can use a black marker to add legs and antennas.

Magical Butterflies added 7-23-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Green paint, an egg carton, brown bags, string, white paper, colored markers, pipe cleaners, glue, and scissors

Directions: Have each child make a caterpillar out of a egg carton. Cut the egg carton in half. Use 5 cups for each child. Have them paint it green, or brown if they chose. Then when they dry, let them stick pipe cleaner antenna to it. Next put the caterpillar in to a brown bag (the chrysalis similar to a cocoon). Now tie it shut with a string. Hang them around the room. Tell the children in a week they can open them and see if they changed to a caterpillar. You can even mark it on the calendar for the day you do it. Then some time during the week cut out butterfly wings from the white paper. Have the children color them. But donít tell them what they are. Later after the children have left, open the bags up and glue the wings on to the caterpillars. When the Children open there bags the will be so surprised!

4 Stages of Butterflies added 7-23-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, green construction paper, anti pasta, spiral pasta, shell pasta, and bow tie pasta

Directions: Cut along piece of blue or any color but green construction paper in half. The fold the cut piece in half again. (long wise) Placing the folded edge on top cut the top piece to the fold into 4 equal parts. On each flap at the top write 1 , 2 , 3 , or 4. 
At the top under flap #1 write EGG
Under flap # 2 write CATERPILLAR
Under flap # 3 write CHRYSALIS

Under flap # 4 write BUTTERFLY
Open the paper and place a cut out green leaf under each flap at the bottom of the page. 
On leaf # 1 glue one piece of ANTI PASTA (EGG)
On leaf # 2 glue one piece of spiral or cork screw pasta (Caterpillar)
On leaf # 3 glue one piece of shell pasta( chrysalis)
On leaf # 4 glue one piece of bow pasta ( butterfly)

Egg Carton Ants added 7-31-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: egg carton, pipe cleaners and black paint

Directions: You can make big ants. Cut 3 egg sections (3 bumps),  then have the children paint them black. Use black pipe cleaners for the legs and antennas.

Bug Eyes added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Egg cartons, pipe cleaners, markers and/or paint, and scissors.

Directions: Cut the bottom of the egg carton so there are 2 cups to each section. You can get 6 on a 1 dozen egg carton. Cut the bottoms out of each section for eye holes. Let kids paint them or use markers to decorate them. You can let them glue feathers and sequins on them too. Use pipe cleaners for antennas. Punch holes on the sides and attach pipe cleaners, form pipe cleaners to fit around their ears.

Dragon Fly added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper towel tube, yellow paper, and large googly eyes.

Directions: Use a paper towel tube and have them decorate a piece of paper (yellow) that fits around the tube. Then tape it around the tube. Trace the children's hands (2) and tape one to either side of the tube near the top. Add eyes- large (oval 
shaped- flat on bottom), so that they are sticking up above top of tube. It's really
cute. Looks like it's clapping it's hands - it's actually flapping it's wings......

Bug On A Leaf added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, hole puncher, collage materials, and markers

Directions: Supply each child with a construction paper leaf shape - give them a hole puncher and let them at it! When they're done punching holes, have them create the bugs on their leaf with collage materials such as: pompoms, pipe cleaners, yarn bits, etc. Or they can decorate with markers etc.

Bug Puppets added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper lunch bags, Glue, Construction paper, and Crayons or markers

Directions: Using construction paper, have the kids cut large circles for sections of a  bug and glue to a paper bag. Add face, legs, antennae, whatever. You can also make a caterpillar puppet on tongue depressor with pom poms glued on, 
add wiggle eyes or buttons, and antennae.

Ladybug Rocks added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Small rocks, paint, pipe cleaners, sheet protectors, beads, and magnetic strip.

Directions: Paint small rocks to look like ladybugs or other bugs. Use pipe cleaners for legs on spiders, overhead transparencies or sheet protectors for wings, tiny beads 
for big
bug-eyes. Put a small piece of magnetic strip on the back if desired.

Ladybug Hand Puppets added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Felt, scissors, glue, buttons, googly eyes, and pipe cleaner.

Directions: Cut two pieces of felt into oval shapes that are flat on one end (Needs to fit on your hand!) Then cut two wings to glue onto felt body. Glue on buttons 
for spots and wiggle eyes, pipe
cleaner antennae. I always let kids choose felt colors to make ladybugs - we've had some interesting combos!

Paper Plate Ladybug added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper plates, black construction paper, black and red paint, brads, and a hole punch

Directions: Paint a paper plate red, then while they dry, cut out black wings (a circle then cut it in half). Punch holes in connecting corners of the wings. Now paint or color some black spots on the ladybugs. Then use brads to fasten the wings onto the lady bug (the brads allow the wings to move). Don't forget to give her a face.

Ladybug Finger Puppet added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Red milk jug lids, wiggle eyes, pom poms, playdough, and a black marker

To make a ladybug finger puppet for each child, collect a supply of red jug lids. Hot glue a black pom-pom to each jug lid forming the head. Then glue two wiggle eyes to pom-pom. Using a  permanent black marker, embellish the ladybugs back with dots. Insert a ball of clay or playdough into the lid. To use the puppet, a child must press a finger into the dough.

Potato Print Ladybugs added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Potato, red paint, and a black marker

Using a potato cut in half, print red circles onto paper. When dry add dots, eyes, legs with a black marker.

Lady the Bug added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Corrugated cardboard, pipe cleaners, dot stickers, and wiggly eyes 

Directions: Make lady bugs from corrugated cardboard. Cut an oval shape from the cardboard. Insert three
6" pipe cleaners for legs through tunnels in the cardboard. 
Bend legs appropriately and add
stickers for spots. Color in eyes or add wiggly eyes.

Ladybug Bowl added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper bowls, stick back paper circles, and construction paper

Directions: Paint the bottom of a paper bowl red. Stick black paper circles on it (for the spots). Add paper legs and head. Pipe cleaners can also be used for the legs.

Ant Puppet added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper bags, scissors, construction paper, and glue.

Directions: Using construction paper, have the kids cut large circles for sections of a ant and glue to a paper bag, add face,
 antennae, whatever.

Giant Ants!! added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Styrofoam balls and eggs, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, toothpicks, and black or red paint 

Use toothpicks to connect 2 styrofoam balls and 1 styrofoam egg (for the 3 body parts of the ant.) Insert 6 pipe cleaners into the styrofoam for the legs. Ben the pipe cleaners so that it looks like the ant is walking. Paint the styrofoam red or 
black. When dry, glue on
googly eyes and there's your giant ant! You could also make giant ant hills by cutting brown construction paper and rolling it into a cone shape. Children can use crumpled pieces of tissue paper to glue on the "sand/dirt." 
They can build from bottom/up. They could also glue on real sand.

Ant On A Leaf added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, hole puncher, collage materials, and markers.

Directions: Supply each child with a construction paper leaf shape - give them a hole puncher & let them at it! When they're done punching, have them create the ants on their leaf with collage materials such as: pompoms, pipe cleaners, yarn bits, etc. - 
or they can decorate with markers etc.

Ant Farm added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, glue, ziplock bag, sand, and green and black paint

Directions: Have children paint one side of a piece of construction paper or small poster board with
glue/water solution (the paper should be sized to lay flat in a large zip lock). Children may leave a dry area on one portion of the page to be the area of grassy ground above the ant farm. Then have each child cover the paper with sand 
(shake off excess). Let children make tunnels by scraping off
a few lines of sand. After the page dries, make ants in the sand/tunnels with finger or thumbprint.  (draw legs) Paint or draw the grass above the Ant Farm. Place the entire page in a large zip lock and seal it to it will become a keep-sake. You could use green Easter grass for the grass. They could even glue little plastic ants.

Honeycomb Hive added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Honeycomb cereal, bee stamp, or black and yellow construction paper

Directions: Honeycomb cereal makes a great hive. Glue a grouping of the cereal pieces next to each other on a sheet of paper. Add the active bees by stamping them around the hive with an ink stamp shaped like a bee or create bees with tiny scraps 
of black and yellow paper glued together.

Oil Bee added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Newsprint paper, crayons, and cooking oil

Directions: Color a large bee body on newsprint or printer paper. Be cure to color by using heavy strokes and fill in all the spaces. Outline the wings with a dark crayon and then paint in the open space with cooking oil. Press the excess oil off the paper by rubbing it between newspaper. Hold the bee up to the window. The wings are now see-through.

Finger Paint Bee added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Finger paint, paper, and hand lotion

Directions: Finger paint to Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumble Bee." Mix tempera paint 1-1 with hand lotion. This makes a great finger painting medium. Be sure to use thick glossy paper to paint on. If you don't have good paper, be brave and paint on the table top. Put the music on and begin to paint to the music!

Wax Paper Wings added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Tag board, wax paper, crayons or markers, and a toothpick

Directions: Cut and color a bee body out of heavy tag board paper. Add wings by using four pieces of wax  paper shaped to fit the bee. Attach a stinger on the rear with a toothpick. What a creature!

Honeybees added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Inked stamp pad, fine marker, white paper. 

Directions: Press your index finger on an inked
stamp pad. Then press on a sheet of white paper. Make several fingerprints across the paper. With a fine felt-tipped marker, add wings, antennae and legs to your creations. Other bugs can also 
made with fingerprints.

Music added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paper, bumble bee sticker, and a crayon

Directions: I gave each child a 9x12 piece of white paper with a small bumble bee sticker in the corner. I gave each child had a black crayon. I then played the 
recording of "The Flight of the Bumblebee and the
children had to imagine that their crayon was the bee flying on the paper and draw its path.

Simple Butterflies added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper and crayons

Directions: Fold a piece of paper and have the children cut out a butterfly shape. Provide crayons and markers for children to use to decorate their butterfly wings. Children can also use glitter to make their butterflies sparkle. Glue or tape two bent pipe cleaners to the back of the butterfly to make antennae.

Inkblot Butterfly added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper and paint

Directions: Cut out a butterfly shape fold it in the center, have the children paint on side. Fold and rub lightly, then unfold. The sides will be identical.

Caterpillar Project added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Clothes pin, tissue paper, pipe cleaner, toilet paper roll, brown yarn

Directions: I have the kids make butterflies out of clothespins and tissue paper. Add pipe cleaner antennas. Give them each a toilet paper empty roll and have them wrap brown yarn around it several times. Tuck the butterfly into the tp roll - Wah la - A chrysalis (similar to a cocoon) with a butterfly inside.

Pom Pom Caterpillars added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Middle size pom poms and wiggly eyes

Directions: Glue three middle size pom poms together. Paste on eyes and feelers. For fun you can put magnetic tape on back for magnet.

Sticky Butterfly added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, contact paper, and tissue paper

Directions: Fold a piece of construction paper in half from top to bottom and cut out the shape of a butterfly. Cut out the center of the wings on both sides to make  frames. Cut clear contact paper (or wax paper with glue) to cover the hole in each wing. Now you have sticky space for a wing. Give the children colored tissue paper to put on the sticky part.

Butterfly Dance added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Scrap pieces of fabric, elastic, and hot glue.

Directions: Before you begin, create your butterfly wings by cutting the fabric into 12 X 18 pieces. Hot glue two 6" to 8" (depending on the size of your children's arms) pieces of elastic to each end of the 12" side of fabric. Let dry Select a piece of music for your children to dance to. Put wings on all the children's arms. Have them begin on the floor, curled up in a ball. Tell them they are each in a chrysalis. As the music begins they can come out of their cocoons and begin to dance to the music. Try a variety of music and watch the different butterfly dances.

Baggie Butterflies added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Snack size ziplock bags, tissue paper, colored celephane, chenille stem

Directions: Fill the snack size ziplock bags with scraps of tissue paper and cellophane and then gather them in
the middle with a half of a chenille stem. Twist and bend the stem into antennae.

Cupcake Liner Butterflies added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cupcake liners, markers, and pipe cleaner

Directions: Flatten out cupcake liners and color with markers or crayons many different colors. Pinch liners in the center and wrap with pipe cleaners using the left over to make antennae.

Crayon Butterfly Sun Catcher added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Vegetable peeler, crayons, wax paper, iron (adult only)

Directions: Using vegetable peeler shave crayons into small thin pieces. Place a sheet of wax paper onto newspaper and sprinkle with crayon bits. Place another sheet of wax paper on top and press with a warm iron for a few seconds. Cut into butterfly shape and hang in a window.

Coffee Filter Butterfly added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cone shaped coffee filter, watercolor paint, clothespins, black paint, and pipe cleaners

Directions: Take a cone shaped coffee filter and cut it apart. Have the children watercolor each side. Paint a clothespin black and then attach the two wings with 
it. Then add a pipe cleaner tied around the
clothespin for the antennae.

Stained Glass Butterflies added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, glue, and tissue paper

Directions:  Precut a butterfly shape out of construction paper. After cutting out the shape, cut out holes in various spots in the butterfly shape. The children can glue 
squares of colored tissue paper over
the holes. Glue sticks work well for this...have children glue around hole and place tissue on top of glue. Trim around edge of butterfly if any tissue paper is overhanging.

Tissue Paper Butterflies added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: White paper, Tissue paper, water, and paintbrush

Directions: Cut butterfly shapes from white construction paper. Set out assorted colors of 1-inch tissue paper squares, small containers of water and paintbrushes. 
Have the children paint the butterfly shapes
with water and place the tissue paper squares randomly on the shapes. Have them count to ten, then remove the wet  tissue paper to view their colorful creations.

Tye Dye Butterfly added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Muffin tin, food coloring, eye droppers, coffee filter, clothes pin, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners

Directions: Fill muffin tins with water and food coloring. Let the children use the eye dropper to pick up the colored water. ( great for small motor skills ) Have children 
release the eyedropper on the filter.
Blot...let dry...and then gather all of the filter up into a regular clothes pin. Make eyes and pipe cleaner antennas and there 
you have your butterfly.

Cocoons added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Cotton batting and a craft stick

Directions: Let children wrap cotton batting around a craft stick 
to simulate a cocoon.

Dot Butterflies added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, Paint, Q-tips

Directions: Cut out a large white butterfly. Glue a black strip of paper in the center on butterfly. Let children use a Q-tip to dip in paint and "dot" the butterfly wings with color.

Feet Butterflies added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, Paint, Glue, Markers or crayons

Directions: Have children take off shoes, dip feet into shallow pan of pastel paint. Step onto a piece of paper so feet are going outward from the heels together. When dry, add antennae with markers.

Another Foot Butterfly Idea added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper and crayons

Directions: Have the children take their shoes off. On a paper put their feet and trace them, leaving space between both feet for the butterfly body, the children can put 
their pointer and trace it both ways, Add two antennas and a face color. Also they can trace their shoes and leave a space between. It
makes a different kind of  butterfly.

Wallpaper Butterfly added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, wrapping paper or wallpaper scraps, popsicle sticks or straws, crayons, scissors, and stapler or tape

Directions: Fold paper in half. Cut out butterfly wings; add about an extra inch where the body would be (on the fold). Be sure you don't cut the fold. Color as desired and glue a Popsicle stick where the body would be.

Caterpillar String Puppets added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Egg Carton, Yarn, Glue, and Scissor

Directions: Cut out all of the egg cups. Poke a hole in the bottoms. String the cups on yarn to  make a caterpillar. Cut another piece of yarn tie one end to the front and the other near the eighth egg cup. Make caterpillar crawl by holding the loop of yarn and moving it up and down.

Paper Chain Butterflies added 9-9-98 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper, and glue

Directions: Give each child strips of construction paper and glue. Form a circle with the paper. Then glue the circles together. Add antennae and eyes.

Caterpillar/butterfly added 2-25-99 Original Author Unknown
Submitted by:
Patches Johnston

Need: Construction paper and paint

Directions: Fold a piece of construction paper in half. Draw a caterpillar on it putting it on the fold. Back of it will go on the fold. Open it up and let the kids put paint splats on the inside, then close and smash together. Open it and you have a butterfly, closed it's a caterpillar. Using a hole punch put a hole at the top and you can hang your butterfly up.

Curly Caterpillars added 3-2-99 Original Author Unknown

Need: Construction paper and glue

Directions: Have the children glue colored paper strips (approx. 1 1/2 X 8 inch) into rings. Glue six or seven rings together to form a long caterpillar. The children can draw faces and use pipe cleaners as antennae.

Firefly added 8-18-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Wooden ice cream spoons, glow in the dark paint, black paper, tissue paper (or Wax paper.)

Directions: Use the little wooden spoons that come with ice cream cups for the body of your firefly. You may be able to get these from your local school cafeteria. Paint the spoon with the glow in the dark neon paint.  One 2 oz. bottle should be plenty for your whole class.  Let dry and glue 2 black dots on one end of the spoon for eyes.  Cut tissue paper or wax paper into ovals and let kids glue an oval on each side for wings.  Turn out the lights and see them glow while you sing your favorite firefly song or perform a finger play

Butterfly Prints  added 2-27-01 Original Author Unknown

Need: Paper, finger-paints

Put out a variety of finger paint colors. Give each student a piece of finger paint paper. Instruct students to mix several colors of finger paint onto the paper. Then give each student a precut butterfly shape and press it onto the finger-paint paper. When it is removed, the result: a beautifully colorful butterfly.

Bug Guest House added 4-20-01 Original Author Unknown

1 qt milk carton, old pantyhose and rubber band, Heavy scissors or craft knife, Old Magazines and glue

Directions: A bug guest house is a perfect way to observe insects without harming them. Keep them only long enough to observe, and then return them to their home
where they were found. Be sure to put whatever plant material your bug needs as food. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the leaves too. To make the house, cut 2 window openings on the sides of the carton. Look thru magazines for colorful pictures. Trim and glue them to cover the milk carton, making a nature picture collage. When the glue is dry, cut a leg off the pantyhose, and pull it up over the box, having the toe at the base of the carton. Add your bug, plants and water, then pull the hose up tightly, and trim, leaving about 3" to tie in a knot, or fasten w/ the rubber band. Watch your bug for a few hours or overnight, then set it free. Save bug house for another guest.

Antennae Headband added 4-29-01 Original Author Unknown

Need:  Construction Paper, Crayons, Markers, or Paint, 2 Pipe cleaners, 2 Pom-poms, Glue, Stapler or Tape
Directions: Using the construction paper, cut out a strip of paper about 2 inches thick and long enough to wrap around your fore head (make sure you make it an inch or two longer so you can staple the ends together.) Use crayons, markers, and/or paint to make your headband colorful. Glue the pom-poms to one end of each pipe cleaner. Put the other end of each pipe cleaner up against the center of the strip of paper, about 4-6 inches apart. Staple or tape them in place. Once the antennae are attached, staple or tape the ends of the strip together to snuggly fit around your fore head.
A few other options: Before attaching the pipe cleaner to the headband, wrap them tightly around a pen or pencil to give them a fun, spiral shape. You can also decorate the headband itself with the pom-poms!

Peanut Butterflies added 5-25-01 Submitted by: Jennifer Folsom

Need: Butterfly pattern, crayons or markers, glue, and a peanut (Watch for allergies).

Directions: Color butterflies and glue a peanut on for the body of the butterfly.  Looks cute!

Ladybug Windsock added 3-17-02  Original Author Unknown

Need: Red and black paper, red and black crepe paper, glue, scissors, stickers or bingo blotters, black marker

Directions: Cut a large oval from red paper to represent ladybug wings.  Draw a solid black line down the center.  Add spots with black circle stickers, paper or bingo dotter, etc. Cut a half circle from black paper for the ladybug head. Glue to the oval.  Add large bug eyes and hang strips of red & black crepe paper from the bottom of the oval.

Handprint Window Butterflies added 3-31-02
Submitted By:
Mellissa Oppedisano

Need: Paint, soap, paintbrush, window, hands

Directions: Set aside lots of different color paints in paint cups (if the paint is thin or runny, add flour to thicken!) Add about a teaspoon of dishwashing soap to each paint cup (this makes for easier clean up!) Have the children paint their hands whatever colors they want, or a teacher can paint each child's hand (depending on your preference!). After both hands are finished, have the children press both hands on the window, overlapping the thumbs! The print comes out to look like a butterfly and it looks wonderful it windows. An extended option is to let the children paint antennas and eyes on their butterflies!

Colorful Caterpillars added 6-22-02  Original Author Unknown

Need: 1 sheet white construction paper per child, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple construction, paper, glue, markers

Directions: Using the circle pattern provided, make 1 circle of each color per child. Children will then glue the different color of circles together to form a caterpillar. Next they will use markers to draw on features.

Bug Catcher added 3-16-03  Original Author Unknown

Need: Oatmeal Container, Glue or tape, Screen or netting material, Yarn

Directions: Use oatmeal container with lid. Cut large "window" in side and glue or tape screen or netting to inside over hole. Punch two holes in sides to add yarn handle.

Flying Butterfly added 4-28-03  Original Author Unknown

Need: paper, stapler, scissors, straw

Fold a sheet of construction paper in half.  Cut out a butterfly shape on the fold.  Staple the butterfly along the fold, in about 1/4 inch, then staple a plastic drinking straw to it.  Unfold the butterfly.  Let your child hold the butterfly puppet and gently "fly" it up and down to make the wings flap.

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