After making our Valentine’s Day Sun-Catchers I was hoping to come up with something else cute that the kids might give as a little Valentine’s gift.
Then I caught sight of their little pet rocks on the kitchen counter (where they live)… I started picturing little “love bugs” with craft foam wings added to the put rock design. When I started gathering google eyes and craft foam squares, I came across a few big pom-poms, and then my vision of love bugs became a lot cuddlier…
Before gathering the kids in for craft time, I cut out hearts from craft foam to use for “feet” for our love bugs. Since I only had 4 large pom-poms, I not only cut out heart feet sized for the big pom-poms, but I also cut several more sized for smaller pom-poms. I figured we could make “love bug babies,” too! I also cut out tear-drop shaped wings and heart-shaped wings. Several pipe cleaners were cut in lengths for antennae and possible arms. Finally, I gathered google eyes and tiny pom-poms for noses and spread out all our craft materials on a cookie tray for easy access.
When I announced the craft, the preschooler was all set to make love bugs. The toddler opted to play a while longer. This turned out to be a good thing – as we had to use the hot glue gun to hold our love bugs together and there’s just one mommy to handle the hot glue gun! I had Peanut pick out all the pieces for her first bug, and then we headed to the counter where the glue gun was heating up. She verified each piece’s location before I glued it in place. I have to say it turned out pretty cute for the first one.
After 30 minutes or so my little guy got curious enough to wander over and chose a few pieces to make his own love bug. (Black, of course, very Valentine’s Day-ish…)
We made 5 total that day – with the promise we’d make more later this week. And don’t you just love the little caterpillar one our preschooler made for her daddy – I never would have thought of it myself!