Ladybug Crafts for Kids

Coffee Can Bug

Toss your ladybugs back and forth with friends.
Toss your ladybugs back and forth with friends.

Grown-ups may use coffee as a morning eye opener, but these fun, flying coffee can bugs are even better reasons for them to drink up! Here's how to make some plastic insects you can keep or catch.

What You'll Need

  • Coffee can lid
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Markers
  • Chenille stems (optional)

Step 1: Take the plastic freshness lid from an empty coffee can. Decide what type of bug you'd like to make, and choose construction paper colors that correspond to that bug -- if you were making a ladybug you would use red paper. Trace a circle on a piece of construction paper using the lid. Cut out the circle just inside the line so it is a little smaller than the lid. Glue the paper to the top of the plastic lid.

Step 2: Decorate your bug, maybe adding a black head and black spots for a ladybug, green wings and big eyes for a fly, or purple and pink for a bug from your imagination! If you'd like, add chenille stems for antennae.

Step 3: Now it's time to toss your colorful insect through the air and see how it flies. For extra fun, set up bowls or boxes as targets and assign them points. Have a contest with a friend to see whose bug can accumulate the most points.

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