Egg Carton Ladybug
When the weather starts warming up, my little ones can't wait to get outside and start hunting for bugs! They love digging through the dirt and hunting through the bushes.
This craft was the perfect way to bring their love for bugs indoors. Plus, it reused our egg cartons and gave a new use to something that would have otherwise been considered "trash." I love when my kids can use their creativity to make new toys out of things we already have on hand!
How We Did It
Gather your materials. I love making projects out of things that would normally be put in the garbage. It shows my kids that they can always use their imagination to make something new out of something old.
First, I cut individual cups out of the egg carton. They don't have to be perfect, but this part should be done by an adult since it requires sharper scissors and can be a little tricky. I gave each of the kids a piece of paper with an egg cup, sponge brush, and red paint.
Then, the kids painted their cups with red paint. This part got a little messy because there really is no neat way to paint the egg cups. I thought about attaching it to a craft stick for the kids to hold, but really it's just more fun to get messy! My son decided to paint the inside of his cup as well to make it extra messy!
While the cups dried, we cut out 2" pieces of pipe cleaner for the antennae. We got 4 antennae out of 1 pipe cleaner. Once the cups dried, we used tacky glue to attach the pipe cleaners.
Then, we glued the pom-poms over the antennae and glued googly eyes to the pom poms. The kids held them in place for a few seconds and then we let everything dry. One of my little girls squished her pom-pom head a little while holding it in place and said she had an "angry" ladybug. It made me think that these would be the perfect craft to go with The Very Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle.
We rolled a number cube to see how many spots each bug would get. If the kids rolled a "1" or "2," they rolled again and we added the two numbers together. This let us sneak a little math into our craft and made sure our ladybugs didn't end up looking like red cheetahs!
The kids loved their new little ladybugs and kept them with them the rest of the day. They used them in their Little People circus and had them join the rest of the animals on Noah's ark. The inexpensive, homemade toys are always the best!