If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you may have heard we are prepping to sell our house, this is possibly the least fun adventure I have ever had and I once ended up in Belgium by accident at 5am… long story. I have to keep the house spic and span while we are selling so get ready for some low on mess but high on fun activities like these play dough bug sculptures. If you want to make your own playdough we have recipes even a gluten-free play dough recipe!
- Gather your materials. You will need some play dough in a few colors, some large googley eyes, pipe cleaners, straws and other things you might have on hand like tooth pics, popscicle sticks, buttons… no rules ! Also to protect my table I use an old cutting board as the work space.
- Sometimes kids need a guide when they are given a buffet to create with, sometimes they don’t. So I sat down and made this bug as an example of what he could use the materials to make not what he should make, explaining that there was no wrong way to create.
- Start creating!
- Hard at work
- A trio of bugs!
Get outside and turn over rocks to find creepy crawly bugs. On our bug hunt we kept count to add some math to our outside learning.
A Few Favorite Books About Bugs
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 to the whole time. The mystery begins with a missing Queen bee and will have you guessing who is behind her disappearance as Ace tries to solve it. There was a lot of humor that was lost on my then 2-year-old but the fun Dick Tracy like illustrations kept him happy while I snickered at the jokes he missed. A 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 earthworm who needs to dig deep into the ground. What I like about this book is that it goes on to explain that the earthworm’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!
The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle is another favorite the story is all about a little cricket who is trying and trying to chirp like the others to talk to all the bugs talking to him but he can’t! Whenever I read it to children ( and it was a classroom favorite too) I would wiggle my shoulders like I was trying to rub my wings together just like the cricket. Kids latched on to that and I loved seeing them so engaged by the repetitive but never boring book. I thought seeing 12 little 3 year olds wiggling was precious but one little 3 year old is pretty cute doing it too! Of course there is a “surprise” at the end that toddlers and preschoolers alike will love.
this came at the perfect time! my little girl recently watched the movie “it’s a bugs life” and she is totally into bugs and ants. this will be a PERFECT craft for us this week. we’ve already been doing the “bug hunting”–> so fun.
thanks for sharing.
JDaniel4's Mom says
Getting a house ready to sell isn’t fun. I have never had to try it with a child though. Love the bugs!
Jessica Osbourne says
I love reading your blog and getting new ideas for entertaining/educating my two year-old daughter, Zoey. One of my favorite parts is the book recommendations that accompany each activity. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas!
Playdoh bugs look great. Good luck selling your house!
Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says
Great ideas! Great books! We Love bugs!
Sarah @ Frugal Fun for Boys says
Those play-doh bugs are so cute! We are studying insects right now in our science – we’ll have to try making those!
Very cute! Great ideas! How did you attach the wiggle eyes to the playdough bugs? Thanks.
Allison McDonald says
They just stay in if you push a little.