Here are some numbers that could possibly make your eyes bug out. According to the Smithsonian Institute’s Encyclopedia, approximately 80 percent of the animal species in the world are insects. At any given time, there are a whopping 10 quintillion of the creepy crawlers buzzing around our planet. For entomophobic kids (those who fear bugs) that is probably a very frightening number.
If your children have developed a real fear of bugs, it may be time to do some fun arts and crafts about insects with them. Creating a fun bug-related project and then discussing the different types of insects with your children could help them see that these critters are actually good for the world.
Before You Start Your Crafts
Some children may have what you might perceive as an exaggerated fear of insects. Their fear, though, could have been triggered by watching a show on killer bees, for example, or a news report on bed bug infestations.
According to KidsGoals, you can help your children get over their fears by talking about insects with them. For instance, your children may have heard so much about bed bugs that they have conjured up an image of a creature that will come sneaking in your house at night and attack them while they sleep. To help them better understand what a bed bug is and how they can get in your house, let them research bed bugs online. There, they can see that these insects can’t just crawl over to your house on their own and that they prefer cluttered living areas (which could even be used as an incentive for your children to keep their rooms clean).
Two Insect Crafts
This is a simple craft that only requires some colored paper, paint, googly eyes, glue, scissors, clothespins and markers.
- Start by having your children paint the clothespin. Explain to them that many dragonflies are pretty colors so that they can make their version as colorful as they wish.
- Next, help them cut out wings for their dragonfly. Dragonflies typically have two sets of wings.
- Open the clothespin. Help your children to glue the center of the wings on the inside top part of the open clothespin. Your wings should jut out equally from both sides of the clothespin.
- Lastly, glue the googly eyes on the top of the clothespin.VARIATION: If you can’t find clothespins, you can always use a craft stick instead. Simply have your child paint the stick and then glue the wings on the underside of your dragonfly.
Here is an easy little caterpillar pet craft that is recommended by the San Diego Zoo. You will need six to eight little craft pom-poms, googly eyes, floral wire and white glue.
- Have your child glue the pom-poms together in a line and then let them completely dry.
- Next, glue the googly eyes on the head of their caterpillar.
- Finally, have your child use the wire to create their caterpillar’s antennae. Simply place the wire under and between your first pom-pom and the one next to it. Then pull the wires up to form their insect’s antennae.
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