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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:


  1. Print several copies of the wing templates and cut out each set of wings.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. Cut the pipe stems into fourths and give each student two pipe-stem pieces.
  7. Show students how to curl the pipe stems around a pencil to make curly antennae.
  8. Have students glue the pipe stems onto the baking cups, above the pom-pom head.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Special Days

Earth Day
Celebrating Earth Day
Recycled Robots
Caterpillar Garden Critters
Reusable Earth Day Bags

Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day Puzzle Photo Frame
3-D Mother’s Day Card
Mother’s Day Tea
Mother’s Day Bouquet
Mother’s Day Teacup Cards
Mother’s Day Card
Bear Hug Mother’s Day Card
May Day Basket

Father’s Day
Shirt & Tie Father’s Day Card
Father’s Day Card
Father’s Day Trophy
Father’s Day Frames
Father’s Day CD Photo Coaster

Patriotic Holidays
Independence Day Drum
Fourth of July Firecrackers
Uncle Sam Hat
Star-Spangled Shaker
Stars & Stripes Place Mat
Star-Studded Napkin Rings
Patriotic Noisemakers
Foam Star Paper Chains
A Flag Day Parade

September Holidays
Grandparents Day Card

October Holidays
Spooky Spiders
Halloween Countdown Calendar
Handprint Bat Hats
Jack-O’-Lantern Jars
Giant Pumpkin

November Holidays
Giving Thanks Centerpiece
Turkey Trot Relay Game
Fall Table Settings
Turkey Plate
Veterans Day Flag
Pattern Block Turkeys
Being Thankful Sunflowers
Native American Rattles
Colorful Napkin Rings
Pilgrim Hats
Turkey Place Card Holders
Colorful Cornucopia
Turkey Handprint Apron
Turkey Memory Match-Ups
Remember the Day in Photos
Pin the Tail on the Turkey
Thanksgiving Table Art
“A Festive Feast”
Brain Teaser Game

Terrific Turkey Centerpiece

December Holidays
Hanging Holiday Symbols
Peppermint Candy
Handprint Plates

Holiday Treats Gift Bag
Holiday Scrapbook
Gingerbread Man Notepads
Holiday Card
Decorative Gift Tags
Holiday Card Stand
Holiday Candle Holder
Holiday Snack Sticks
Celebration Candle
Candy Cane Ornament

January Holidays
“I Have a Dream” Quilt
Party Masks
New Year’s Hat
New Year’s Rocket
Sharing the Dream of Dr. King

February Holidays
Presidents’ Day Puppet & Poem
Giant Valentine
Valentine Mobile
Chinese New Year Parade
Chinese New Year Drums
Handprint Heart Frame Photos
Valentine’s Day Door Wreath
Valentine’s Day Card
Valentine Tic–Tac–Toe
Love Bug
Valentine Mailbox
Cup of Cocoa Valentine’s
Day Card

Valentine Necklace
Valentine Caterpillar
Valentine Learning Centers
Patriotic Pencil Holders
Presidents’ Day Masks

March Holidays
Shimmering Shamrocks
Shamrock Door Hanger
Leprechaun Hunt
Leprechaun Hat Pencil Holder
Saint Patrick’s Day Pop-Up Card
Rainbow “Pot of Gold”
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
“Red Fish, Blue Fish” Fishbowl
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