Summertime around our house means – bugs! By bugs, I not only mean bugs like stink bugs and milkweed bugs, but all the six-legged insects. There are bugs in the yard and bugs in the house, biting bugs and stinging bugs. And though parents may grumble, there is a way to make these buggy days fun for kids. They can create their own bug mobile!
Here’s what you’ll need:
A coat hanger
Yarn or string
A hole punch
Coloring pages of bugs and insects (To make it even more interesting, choose bugs native to your local area). You can find coloring pages at one of these sites:
- DLTK Coloring Pages
- Primary Games.com
- New Mexico State University even offers an entire insect coloring book.
Here’s how to put it all together:
Punch a hole in the top of each one with the hole puncher.
Cut a piece of yarn and thread it through the hole. Tie off one end near the hole. Tie the other end to the hanger.
Repeat for each picture. When you cut the yarn, make the pieces vary in length; this will make for a more interesting mobile.
Hang up your mobile, and enjoy the summer!
To learn more about insects, check out some of these books from your local library or bookstore:
- Bugs are Insects by Anne Rockwell
- Everything Bug: What Kids Really Want to Know About Bugs by Cherie Winner
- Insects (DK Pockets) by DK Publishing
- Insects (National Geographic: My First Pocket Guide) by National Geographic
- Insectigations: 40 Hands-On Activities to Explore the Insect World by Cindy Blobaum
- Simon and Schuster Children’s Guide to Insects and Spiders
Photo by nmoira