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These crafty little critters will have your students buzzing about spring!
This activity is appropriate for:
1st – 3rd grade / 6 – 8 years
You will need:
- Colored foil or paper baking cups (4 for each student)
- Decorative wrapping paper or scrapbook paper (variety of designs in spring colors)
- Wing templates
- Fiskars Classroom Scissors
- Large Pom-Poms (any color)
- Puffy Pipe Stems (any color)
- Wiggly Eyes (any size)
- Clear adhesive tape
- Paper clips
- Yarn or string
- Dowel rods, hangers or hooks
- Print several copies of the wing templates and cut out each set of wings.
- Have each student choose some decorative wrapping paper or scrapbook paper. Instruct students to trace one of the wing templates onto the paper and cut it out.
- Give each student four baking cups. Have students separate the four baking cups into two sets of two. (Prompt students to keep each set of two baking cups nested together, creating a double layer, so that the “body” of their bugs is more sturdy.)
- Instruct students to gently glue or tape one set of baking cups (along their edges) to the front of the wings. Then ask them to glue or tape the other set of baking cups to the back of the wings to secure each set to the wings. (If desired, students can tape the edges of the cups to keep the sets together.)
- Give each student a colored pom-pom “head” to glue onto the set of cups on the front of the body. Then invite students to add wiggly eyes to the head.
- Cut the pipe stems into fourths and give each student two pipe-stem pieces.
- Show students how to curl the pipe stems around a pencil to make curly antennae.
- Have students glue the pipe stems onto the baking cups, above the pom-pom head.
- Straighten the end of a paper clip and poke it through the center top of the wings or to the baking cups behind the wings. Bend the paper clip closed again to use as a hook.
- Tie a length of yarn or string through the paper clip and hang the little critters from hangers or dowel rods to create a class mobile! Or simply hang each bug individually from hooks in your classroom ceiling for a creative seasonal display.