I have never been a bug person. At all. But over the last almost-3 years, I've spent a lot of time pretending to love bugs because I didn't want to pass my fear of them down to Bailey. Spiders? Nice web! Earthworms? Positively adorable! Giant buzzing cicadas? Cool nap skills! All this faking of bug love totally worked; Bailey isn't afraid of them at all, outside of "mean bees" aka wasps/hornets. Also awesome: it has actually helped me with my intense disdain for creepy crawlies. Win win!
We were stuck at home today because of some work being done on our house, so after playing with bubbles, splashing in the water table and watering the flowers, we decided to do a craft outside in the sunshine. A quick search on Pinterest for bug crafts yielded lots of awesome results, but Bailey spotted a photo of some fuzzy caterpillars made with pompoms and was totally sold. This was originally posted on We Made That, though we just winged it using the Pinterest photo.
If you have a tiny bug lover of your own, you should absolutely give these a try. They are so easy, require only a few supplies and don't take a ton of time so they are perfect for shorter attention spans.
Ready to get started? Awesome.
Fuzzy Caterpillar Clips
Makes 3 caterpillars
What You'll Need
6 small googly eyes
15 small pompoms
How To Make It
Gather your supplies.
Apply a generous line of glue down the center of each clothespin. You can do one at a time if you prefer. Definitely let your toddler do this if they have the coordination, and just help them by guiding the clothespin under their stream of glue. Have damp paper towels handy in case of any spills, or do what we did and make this outside so you can just hose down the table when you're done.
Place your pompoms. We used a size bigger than we should have, so fitting them all on was a little tricky and required a little extra glue and some growling (on my part). Maybe go a little smaller on the pompoms to give yourself some room. Or just make it work like we did.
Let them dry. We stuck them in a nice sunny spot, so they dried in the time it took us to have a little snack.
Place the googly eyes on the end that you don't push with your fingers to open and close the clip. Again, let your tot handle this. B absolutely loved sticking the eyes on...I think that was her favorite part!
Play! You can clip these just about anywhere. Bailey also had the idea to stick them on the fridge, so I am going to pick up some magnets to put on the back. I love her idea because they can be used to display artwork or photos in a super cute way.