We don’t need much of an excuse to craft in our house, but when something as significant as the season changing we use that to our advantage. Since the time my daughter started walking she has been chasing bugs. Butterflies, lady bugs, and even bees. She loves the essence of ‘the chase’ and being in nature. So when I asked her what spring craft she wanted to do, it did not surprise me one bit when she said BUGS! So on we went to making these adorable Spring Bugs.
Spring Bugs Made With Recycled Egg Cartons
This craft was pretty much led by my daughter. When we finished the eggs in the carton, she saved it to ‘make something pretty out of it’. I helped her pick out the supplies we would use, but she pretty much did this craft all on her own. She surprises me sometimes with her creativity and imagination and this was one of those times.
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The materials required probably include many items that you already have at home.
- Recycled Cardboard Egg Carton
- Washable Kids Paint
- Large & Small Pom Poms
- Pipe Cleaner
- White Glue
- Googly Eyes
- Foam Sheet
- Exacto Knife
- Paint Brushes
How We Made Our Spring Bugs
We made three different types of bugs but you could totally make whichever you, or your kids, love. We chose a butterfly, bee and lady bug. They are my daughter’s favorites.
Before any creating began I used an exacto knife to separate each part of the egg carton.
For the lady bug we painted the egg carton red and after a few minutes added black spots. We glued on a large black pom pom for the head, googley eyes and used a piece of black foam to make the antenna. The antenna could be made from pipe cleaner and small pom poms but we didn’t have black pipe cleaner.
For the butterfly we followed the same process but used different colors and used small pom poms to decorate the butterfly’s body. I folded pipe cleaner into the shape of wings and we glued them onto the back.
The bee was fun because I love stripes. We followed the same process as the other two using a yellow and black color scheme.
We had so much fun making these spring bugs. Little does my little preschooler know how much she was learning by doing this craft. Her fine motor skills were practiced, she was learning placement and exploring colors.
Now we have these sweet little bugs sitting on a shelf by our front door for everyone to see. Such a great reminder of the time we spent together that afternoon.
MORE FREE INSECT, BUG AND SPRING ACTIVITIES
- How many insects in the jar counting activity?
- Insect Bingo Game For Kids
- Spring and Bugs Sensory Bin
- 3 Part Insect Cards
- Insect Cutting Strips
- Spring Ten Frame
- Bumble Bee Fingerprints
- C is for caterpillar craft
- Caterpillar Butterfly Life Cycle Activity