Coffee Filter Crafts – Snail Suncatchers

coffee filter snail suncatcher craft for kidsThe flowers are starting to bloom on our apple trees and bugs are everywhere so it’s the perfect time to make a few not so slimy versions of the bugs we see outside. I had planned for her to just make one snail but when I gave her the pile of construction paper she asked to make a whole family so we did.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper, coffee filters , markers, glue, double stick tape , googly eyes, some water and an eye dropper. If you want glitter  (she REALLY wanted glitter ) grab some glitter glue. We love these little tubes of glitter sent us.Coffee Filter Snail Craft For Kids 1
  2. Start by coloring your coffee filters. While she colored we chatted about colors and the different marks she was making . Dots were her favorite. coffee filters coloring the coffee filters
  3. Add the water! coffee filter adding the waterShe started with the eye dropper but quickly asked if she could pour. If you are going to let your child pour you will want to have two small cups on hand so you can give them small amounts of water to pour and then filter watching the colors run
  4. Let the filters dry and go play outside or in my daughter’s case raid your brother’s closet and get dressed in his clothes.  If you need to speed up drying time use a hair dryer on low.
  5. Cut out the snail frames. Use a coffee filter as a guide for the center circle. Make sure it’s smaller than the coffee filter so you can tape it filter snail craft
  6. Using double stick tape tape the coffee filters on the filter snail
  7. Time to add eyes. I love the 3 eyed snail . I was shocked when she insisted on doing all the eyes. I was prepared to do most of them. coffee filter snails adding eyes
  8. Add glitter if you wish. One thing I can say about my little girl is she is determined and she was determined not to let me help after I showed her how to add the glitter. She eventually got it out ( this color was almost all used up… when they are full they are super easy to squeeze). coffee filter snail glitter
  9. While she did that I cut out easy antennas from the scrap paper and taped them on.
  10. A family of glittery snails !family of snails
  11. Add it to a window and see all the colors shine! snail sun catcher craft


Books About Bugs !

19 books about bugs

Check out our 19 favorite books about bugs. These aren’t just some good bug books, they are some of our all time favorites!


Snail Craft

This took a long time ( mostly drying) and I won’t lie, I did a good amount of this craft, I should have made the snail half the size for a toddler and cut the tissue paper much larger. It would be great for a 4-5 year old. I love the final result though especially the texture.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some heavy paper ( we are using a paper grocery bag), a marker( darker will be better), tissue paper of various colors, one sheet of plain white paper big enough for the snail, scissors, googly eyes, tape and a pipe cleaner.
  2. Start by drawing a snail and a snail head- don’t worry if it’s perfect it will all be covered anyway. * if you have a really little guy you could hand them some markers to color the snail , that would help fill in the gaps if they aren’t too enthusiastic about adding so many pieces of tissue paper.
  3. Cut the tissue paper into small pieces, another tip for younger ones, use bigger pieces. This was my mistake I made ours way too small and my son only put about 1/4 of the paper you see on.
  4. Add LOTS of glue
  5. Add your tissue paper
  6. Add some more glue
  7. Add more tissue paper. See why I should have made it smaller? Yeah the wee boy was off playing garbage trucks telling me ” I share project,mommy’s turn” like how he spun it ?
  8. Cover the snail head in just one color. Let dry.
  9. Cut the head out and add googly eyes. Let dry
  10. Cut the snail out following the marker lines if you can. It should spiral . Go back a second time and trim it all the way along so there is extra space.
  11. Glue the head on and let dry ( see snails pace… the end result is worth it, hang on!! )
  12. Add the pipe cleaner by poking tow small holes and threading one through.
  13. Tape the snail onto a plain white sheet of paper. I couldn’t wait for more glue to dry.


“Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective” by David Bierdrzycki is such a fun read, I started it thinking it would go over my son’s head but he sat listening the whole time. The mystery begins with a missing Queen be and will have you guessing who is behind her disappearanceas Ace tries to solve it. There was a lot of humor that was lost on my 2 year old but the fun Dick Tracy like illustrations kept him happy while I snickered at the jokes he missed. Very fun read for kids that aren’t yet ready for a chapter book but outgrowing pictures ones.” Bob and Otto” by Robert O. Bruel is a lovely story about 2 friends who must part ways , in this case because one is a caterpillar who needs to build a chrysalis and the other an earth worm who needs to dig deep into the ground. What I like about this book is that it goes on to explain that the earth worm’s digging is vital for the trees to grow so that the caterpillar can eat the leaves and turn into a butterfly. I like the lesson about how we all play a part!

“Jazz Fly” written and performed by Matthew Gollub is a fun idea, a book with a CD. The story is about a fly who plays drums in a jazz band, on his way to the gig he gets lost. Trying to find his way back he asks different animals for directions but they just make sounds at him. Later those sounds save jazz fly and his band! I liked the book and the music on the CD as well but my son had no interest which shocked me. I really thought he would like it, he loves Jazz . The monochromatic illustrations by Karen Hanke were cute but I think the lack of color while stylistically cool didn’t grab my son’s attention. The CD included got my son off the couch and dancing in the playroom until the author started narrating, at which point my son stopped playing air upright bass and asked to stop the CD. I’ll try this book again when he’s older.