Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cricket Craft

Here is another repost, we are doing bugs at preschool, so this fits right into what we are doing.

I found this cute craft on the Better Homes and Garden website. My kids saw it and could not wait to make it (because it is a bug). I made some modifications to it to make it a little easier for younger kids. Do not be scared of the paint because you do not have to use it. I know paint can be messy.
You will need toilet paper roll, scissors, glue, pom-poms, paint or markers or green construction paper for the body (to make the toilet paper roll green), wiggly eyes, chenille stems, green foam sheet or construction paper and a pencil.

Have the kids paint the toilet paper roll green. OR you can have them color it with a marker OR just wrap it in green construction paper and glue it.

While the paint is drying, I get all the pieces set up to glue on.

I used foam sheets to cut out legs but construction paper will work too.

For the nose, I cut a triangle out of craft foam sheet and folded 2 of the corners and glued them together.

We assembled the face. Glue on the nose, pom-poms and wiggly eyes.

Curl the ends of the chenille stems. Then glue on the chenille stems for the antennae.

Glue on the back legs. I also made front legs by cutting out a "U" shape and gluing it to the bottom of the front of the toilet paper roll.

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The Bouvier Bunch said...

How fun! We are trying this today!!!

McMommy said...

I like how all the "ingredients" are things I already have in the house! Thank you for a great weekend craft project...especially since it's supposed to be rainy out this holiday weekend!

Brittany said...


Heather said...

I may have to give this craft a try when my little man. It looks like fun and he would probably enjoy it-even if it is a BUG!

Are You Serious! said...

♡ Too cute!

BookMomma said...


Our library is doing a bug-themed summer reading program this year. I'm going to send the librarians this link!

Here by way of POWS...

Leigh said...


Jenn said...

So cute - I tink I have everything here for these little buggies.

Jen said...

Would tie in nicely with Eric Carle's The Very Quiet Cricket book!

Jen from
Creative and Curious Kids!

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vicki mehaffey said...

Love the cricket craft, we are reading The Cricket in Times Square. WIll be a great craft for this book. Check out my blog. www.vickimehaffey.com.