Buzzing about Bug Crafts: 10 Crafts for Simple Summer Fun

buzzing-about-bug-crafts-collage-textSummer days are the perfect time to try fun new crafts with your preschooler. But not just any craft – bug crafts,  because you know, it IS summer. From dragonflies to caterpillars, these crafts are sure to have your child buzzing with fun and delight. We've purposefully selected easy-to-do crafts that won't require too many specialty materials. With five kids I don't have time for complications so fun, simple crafts with items I have on hand are the trick!

Untrained Housewife Butterfly Slide

1. Toilet Paper Tube Butterflies

I love repurposing items we would otherwise toss in the trash and my kids are at the age of feeling so powerful and successful with scissors. That makes this craft a winner in my family, as it turns an old paper towel or toilet paper tube into a fun kid's craft. Let your child choose the color of paper and decorate the tube as they want and you'll have a unique, one-of-a-kind butterfly! See the directions for all the animal crafts with toilet paper rubes on Untrained Housewife.

Blissfully Domestic Footprint Craft

2. Butterfly Footprint Crafts

This one is such fun. I mean, who doesn't love children's footprints? I've seen art projects that turned fingerprints into drawings but this was the first time I'd seen a footprint turned into an art project like this. I love the multi-colored look to the butterfly's wings with this craft. See the full tutorial and step-by-step guide on Blissfully Domestic.

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Naturally Educational Grass Caterpillar

3. Grass Caterpillar Craft

I ADORE gardening projects for kids so this caterpillar grass garden craft? *swoon* I love it. Grass seeds grow quickly enough to give kids a sense of satisfaction but this project will still take about a week to result in a finished project. Assemble it in one afternoon and then be sure you'll be home over the next couple days to water it so the grass seeds will sprout and grow. See how to make this adorable, green craft at Naturally Educational.

Lifetime Moms Dragonfly Pins

4. Beaded Dragonfly Pin

This craft might be a little advanced for a preschooler unless they have lots of grown-up help but for a school aged child this is an awesome piece of wearable fun. I love the sparkly ribbon wings and the colorful beads that become the body. If you want to make a dragonfly that your kids will love to pin on their summer shirts, check out the full summer craft at Lifetime Moms.

Tonya Staab Magnet Pins

5. Butterfly Clothespin Pin or Magnet

This pin is another wearable bug craft that your kids can make this summer. This one reuses a clothespin for the art project! So smart. I think you could glue a magnet on the back instead of a pin to make it safer for little ones and make a magnet instead of a pin that way. See the how-tos at Tonya Staab's fabulous blog.

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Rusty and Rosey Spider Egg Carton

6. Spider Egg Carton Craft

What little boy doesn't like spiders? *shudder* But at least these spiders are cute! Reuse your old egg cartons and add some pipe cleaners and googly eyes and you're golden. Super easy, not too time consuming, and the resulting bug craft is something the kids will enjoy playing with for awhile. See the full how-to and other bug activities at Rusty and Rosy.

My Scraps Caterpillar Egg Carton Craft

7. Egg Carton Colorful Caterpillars

Another egg carton craft, this one uses the individual segments. I love how they are painted before being strung together on pipe cleaners. You can use the opportunity to talk about color names, mixing colors, and even the colors of the rainbow. So cute and colorful! See the full directions and assembly directions at My Scraps.

CraftsbyAmanda Bug Jar Lids

8. Jar Lid Bug Craft

What to do with all those leftover jar lids? It seems too wasteful to throw them away! Well here's a simple craft using pipe cleaners, paint and glitter, and jar lids to make magnificent bugs for summer play. See all the photos at Crafts by Amanda.

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Build a Letter Bug Busy Bag from The Educators' Spin On It

9. Build a Letter Bug Lids

Another lid bug, but this one reuses the lids off the disposable squeeze pouches that kids like to eat so much. So smart to make little antennae for them with pipe cleaners! Be sure to check out the alphabet printables which you can use to help your preschooler learn the shapes of the letters in a hands on and fun way. Great post by The Educator's Spin on It.

No Time for Flash Cards Coffee Filter Snail Craft

10. Snail Coffee Filter Suncatchers

I love this unique and creative craft – not only is the animal a favorite of my kids, but the coffee filter craft is super simple and tons of fun. Create a one-of-a-kind suncatcher with markers and water in this colorful bug project. See the details at No Time for Flashcards.

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Buzzing about Bug Crafts: 10 Crafts for Simple Summer Fun

Angela England is a renaissance woman who doesn't let five children stop her from many pursuits, interests and tasks. Angela is a freelance writer, professional blogger, speaker, labor doula, massage therapist and can usually be found with a coffee nearby. Angela recently published her first book, Backyard Farming on an Acre (more or less) and has since published her first Untrained Housewife Guide - Getting Prepared. ... More

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  1. What cute ideas! I love these 🙂

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