Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, which for me, means that we are quickly approaching Spring! Once spring hits, we start spending a lot of time outside and in the garden, so I’ve been teaching my daughter a lot about bugs. This has greatly increased her imagination! She keeps grabbing a kitchen strainer “catching butterflies”, or “buzzing like a bumble bee” and “wiggling like a worm” – yes those are all her words! Of course, I think it’s super adorable!
If you’re looking for a great early learning book about bugs, we love this one!
When it came time to make some Valentine’s Day crafts, I knew that a “Love Bugs” theme would be perfect for her! This is a super easy craft that can help teach your toddler how to use glue, place paper cutouts and learn a new painting technique! We made a butterfly, a ladybug and a spider! While we were assembling our bugs, we talked about what each bug does, the colors that they are and how many spots and arms each one had! Make learning a fun experience!
Fold your construction paper in half and cut a half heart in a variety of sizes. Depending on what time of bug you want to make, you’ll need to make a body, a head, spots, legs and antennas!
Once you have your pieces all together, now it’s time to start gluing it all together! I only guide minimally when it comes to placing them, but I do explain that you need to press down each piece so that it sticks!
If you want to paint on tiny spots, dip a q-tip into a small about of paint and dab,dab,dab!
Once dried, I hung up her bugs in her new bedroom board! Her room has been lacking in decor, so I found a burlap board that I never used, hot glued some ribbon to it and then attached some tiny close pins. Cute way to display her artwork that she is so proud of!
Hope you and your kiddos enjoy this simple craft! Let me know how yours turned out!