As I was looking around my crafting supplies today trying to come up with something to make with MillerBug while it rained, I realized that we hadn’t used our clothespins in a while and since those are one of my favorite craft supplies for toddlers (like, ever) we decided we’d pull them out and put them to use. Now, here lately we’ve been a little obsessed with bugs! Being outside so much for summer, we see plenty of them. Now, making spiders was out of the question (ewwww) and ants, well that’s not much fun! So we decided to throw together some friendly grasshoppers and I have to say, MillerBug adored this craft! Here’s how you can make it too!
What You Will Need
Foam Paint Brush
Green Pipe Cleaners
Hot Glue Gun
How to Make Them
Start by painting your clothespins green. This is a perfect way to get your kiddos involved since you’ll need to do the gluing. Give them a paintbrush and set them loose, encouraging them to cover as much of the clothespins in green as possible.
Once your clothespins are dry, cut two long pieces of pipe cleaner for each clothespin. Then bend it in half and bend one end out for a foot. It will look something like this.
Add a dot of hot glue to the straight end of your leg and then gently push it into the joint of your clothespin.
Repeat the process on the other side.
Once your legs are secured, you can bend them so the set flat on the ground. Now, you’re ready to add antenna and eyes! Cut two short pieces of pipe cleaner and wrap the ends around a pencil to make curl at the end. Then add a small bit of hot glue on the straight end and attach your googly eye.
Once your eye is dry, add a drop of hot glue to the very end of your clothespin and set your antenna directly into it. You will need to hold it upright for a moment to give it time to dry and keep it from falling over.
Pull of any excess strands of hot glue and repeat the process for the other antenna.
And you’re done! Take your grasshoppers outside and let your little guy or gal enjoy making them hop around!
This fun craft is a great way to bring the outdoors inside on rainy days and teach your children a fun lesson about bugs!