We're having a bit of a minibeasts craze at the moment after we borrowed a bug viewer and a large selection of plastic bugs from the toy library. Harry also recently received this fab book First Facts Bugs (affiliate link) which I'd absolutely recommend for any little ones with an interest in bugs, it's kept him busy for ages! I sorted through my craft materials, and thought that we'd have a go at making some of our own simple minibeasts.
This is what we came up with:
You need - Yellow Kinder egg toy container, large yellow pom pom, black acrylic paint, netting or thin fabric, cotton, googly eyes
Remove the lid section from the Kinder egg container. Paint a black stripe around the middle and a circle on the bottom (you will find that the container itself has markings that you can use). Glue a large yellow pom pom into the opening, using plenty of glue. Cut a rectangle with rounded edges from the netting and tie tightly across the middle with the cotton to form the wings. Glue to the top of the body and add on the googly eyes.
You need - Different sizes of green pom poms (or any colour will do really), lollipop stick or thin strip of cardboard, googly eyes
Glue the pom poms along the stick firmly and add the googly eyes.
You need - Toilet roll tube, brown or black paint (optional), cardboard, pieces of scrap coloured paper, lace, tin foil etc., pipecleaners
If you can persuade your child (I couldn't!), paint the toilet roll tube brown. Cut out two wings from cardboard and cover them in the scraps of coloured paper. You can also add sequins, glitter, stickers and so on. Sellotape them to the sides of the toilet roll tube so that they can flap a bit and add pipe cleaners for the antennae.
You need - Toilet roll tube, black paint, googly eyes, string for hanging (optional)
Cut eight strips into the toilet roll to form the legs of the spider, leaving about 4cm for the head. Trim the legs a little and fold them out. Paint the whole thing black and add googly eyes. If you like you can tie a length of string to the head so that you can hang him up.
An interesting minibeasts fact for you - it's only an insect if it's got six legs. Also, sometimes I think that you can make any kid's craft look great if you add on some googly eyes!