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Butterfly Footprints
Submitted by Tina
What You Need:
  • Large White Paper
  • Paint
  • Markers, Glitter, or Other Decorating Materials
What You Do:
  • Put the Children's footprints on the paper (separated to make wings of a butterfly) Then (after they have dried) let the kids design their own unique butterfly
Insect Collage
Submitted by Karen
What You Need:
  • Contact Paper
  • Construction Paper or Tissue Paper
What You Do:
  • Cut the contact paper in the shape of an insect (butterfly, ladybug, etc.) Let you kids put the construction paper or tissue paper on it and make great collages
Make Your Own Bug
Submitted by Jenni
What You Need:
  • cotton balls
  • egg cartons
  • google eyes
  • pipe cleaners
  • construction paper
  • glitter, any other material that you want to use.
What You Do:
  • Cut the egg cartons and let the children make their own bug
Flying Bugs
Submitted by Paula
What You Need:
  • Tissue Paper
  • Paint, or colors, markers
  • Twisty Ties
What You Do:
  • Cut out wings out of the tissue paper. Then let the kids decorate them however they want. Next put the twisty tie around the wings to make the thorax and antennas. Then put all the butterflies in a popcorn bowl. Let your kids wave books, poster board, etc. Next to the bowl and watch the bugs fly.
Coffee Filter Butterflies
Submitted by Leslie
What You Need:
  • Coffee Filters
  • Spray Bottle with water
  • Washable Markers
  • Clothespins
What You Do:
  • Let kids color coffee filters, then spray them with the spray bottle, then twist and clip with clothespin. This will make the butterfly wings, the kids can then color a face and antennas on the clothespin.
Design an Insect
Submitted by J. Smith
What You Need:
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Popsicle Stick
  • Feathers
  • Football Shakers
  • Google Eyes
  • Construction Paper
  • Glitter
What You Do:
  • After talking about insects, and looking at insect pictures. Give the kids all of the materials and let them design their own insect. You will be amazed what great insects your kids will come up with
Rock Bug
Submitted by Mrs. Kelli
What You Need:
  • Paint or Markers
  • Rock
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Glue
  • Google Eyes
  • What You Do:
    • If you live where you can, let your kids go pick out their own rocks. Then wash the rocks, let them dry. Then give the kids all the different supplies and let them design their own bug.
    Insect Habitat
    Submitted by Tina
    What You Need:
    • Paper
    • Paint, or colors, markers
    What You Do:
    • Let you kids design their own Insect Habitat (Bee Hive, Ant Hill with tunnels, Spider Web, Cocoon). Then they can draw the insects in.
    "The Very Quiet Cricket" Cricket
    Submitted by Paige
    What You Need:
    • egg cartons
    • google eyes
    • pipe cleaners
    • construction paper
    • glitter, any other material that you want to use.
    What You Do:
    • Cut the egg cartons and let the children make their own cricket.
    Note you can also make caterpillars for "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Butterfly
    Submitted by an Unknown Friend
    What You Need:
    • Tissue Paper
    • Paint, or colors, markers
    • Twisty Ties
    What You Do:
    • Read "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" with your children and then make a Cut out wings out of the tissue paper. Then let the kids decorate them however they want. Next put the twisty tie around the wings to make the thorax and antennas. Then put all the butterflies in a popcorn bowl. Let your kids wave books, poster board, etc. Next to the bowl and watch the bugs fly
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Coffee Filter Butterflies
    Submitted by Tina
    What You Need:
    • Coffee Filters
    • Spray Bottle with water
    • Washable Markers
    • Clothespins
    What You Do:
    • Let kids color coffee filters, then spray them with the spray bottle, then twist and clip with clothespin. This will make the butterfly wings, the kids can then color a face and antennas on the clothespin.
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Caterpillar
    Submitted by Lisa
    What You Need:
    • Paint
    • Paper
    • Pompoms
    • Googly Eyes
    What You Do:
    • Have your children cut out a leaf from green construction paper. Next have them paint three Pompoms. They can then glue these to their leaves and make a really cute "Hungry Caterpillar"
    Idea:
    Use raisins or fingerprints to represent ants
    Submitted by Susan
    "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" Weave
    Submitted by Paige
    What You Need:
    • Paint
    • Paper
    • Yarn
    What You Do:
    • Have your children create several different Foods that the very hungry caterpillar would eat. Next have them cut these out. Punch holes in the foods and then weave them together with green yarn. (as if the caterpillar had ate through them)
    "The Grouchy Ladybug" Lady bug
    Submitted by Tina
    What You Need:
    • Paper Plates
    • Paint
    • Medal Fastener (brass fastner)
    What You Do:
    • Give each child two small paper plates and have them paint one as a ladybug. Next have them cut that plate in half Have them paint the second plate as a lady bug with its wings spread. Attach the two halves to the second plate with a medal fastner. Now the wings of the ladybug can open and shut!!!
    Pumpkin spider
    Submitted on the Comment Boxl
    What You Need:
    • black pipe cleaners
    • mini pumpkins
    • wiggle eyes
    What You Do:
    • Poke six holes on the top of the pumpkin ( 3 on each side). Let your children stick pipe cleaners in (as legs) and paint the pumpkin as the wish. Glue on eyes aand you have a Pumpkin spider
    Spider Mask
    Submitted by Ang
    What You Need:
    • Paint
    • Paper Plate
    • Yarn
    • Garbage Bag
    What You Do:
    • I'm a 3 yr. old preschool teacher, one of our projects was a spider mask. We took a large paper plate painted it black, next hole punch 4 holes 2 on each side of the mask near the edge of the plate. Then from a clean black garbage bag cut four 16 inch strips. Help the child thread a strip through each small hole in his plate and tie the strip in the center, it will make the spiders eight legs, glue a large craft stick on the back of the mask.
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