art and science

Recycled Bug Craft

Happy Earth Week! We hope you’ve had a great holiday and are enjoying the springy weather here in NC. Today we are sharing a great craft to use up some recycled materials and get into this month’s Kid Lab theme - BUGS! These recycled bugs are easy to make and customize to make them uniquely yours.

Materials Needed:

  • Cardboard

  • Paint sticks (or paint)

  • Bottle caps and recycled lids

  • Pipe cleaners

  • Pom poms

  • Scissors

  • Hot glue gun (*always ask an adult for help when using a glue gun!)

How To:

Step 1: Cut out two circles from your cardboard, one larger and one smaller. Also cut out 6 long, thin pieces to be the bug’s legs! Insects have 6 legs.

Step 2: Use your paint sticks (or paint) to paint the cardboard pieces. I made the bug’s body red and the head and legs black. You can make your bug any colors you want!

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Step 3: Use your hot glue gun to glue the cardboard pieces together. Glue the smaller circle at the top of the large one and glue three legs on each side. Next, glue your bottle caps and lids to the bug’s body to create spots! We used all blue caps here, but again you can use any color! Choose two bottle caps to be the eyes and glue them to the head.

Step 4: Add details by gluing two pipe cleaners to the top of the head to become antenna! Curl them around your finger or bend them at the top. You can also add some pom poms. We glued on pom poms to create more spots and glued them onto the eye bottle caps to give the eyes a center dot!

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We hope you can find some time to enjoy making your own recycled critters at home! What other kinds of bugs can you create with recyclables? See what you can come up with and share them on Instagram with @kidlabraleigh - we’d love to see!

This post is by Emily Limer. To see more kid’s craft ideas follow her on Instagram @makingwithmommy

Butterfly Mobile Tutorial

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Hi guys, Shannon here, back with another project to try at home!


This month in the Lab, we’re learning all about bugs. To kick things off, I designed a project inspired by my favorite butterfly - the Blue Morpho. This project doubles as a learning toy and kinetic sculpture! So here goes - the Blue Morpho butterfly mobile.




MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Butterfly Mobile Template

  • Pencil, scissors

  • stiff material (I recommend cardboard, stiff felt or craft foam. Thin wood would also look nice if you have a scroll saw to make fine cuts)

  • Sharpies and Kwik Stix tempera paint (alternatively, paint, colored pencils or markers could work)

  • Hemp or twine

  • awl or hole punch

  • (optional) wooden bead, wooden dowel

HOW TO:

Step 1: Cut out the template. Trace onto your stiff material of choice. (I used cardboard and cut using a scroll saw). Following the original template, mark where holes will go.

Step 2: Color. (I used a combination of Sharpies and Kwik Stix tempera paints to get a blended look)

Step 3: Using an awl or hole punch, punch holes where indicated.

Step 4: Using hemp or twine, attach middle section to both wings (as seen in picture).

Step 5: Thread 2 additional pieces through wings (as seen in picture), bringing them together at the top. Attach to a small dowel (optional) to give additional stability and a way to hang the piece as a mobile.

Step 6: Add small segment of twine at bottom of the middle segment. This acts as a pulley to activate the mobile. Add a wooden bead to bottom (optional).


If you give it a try, be sure to tag us so we can see!

-Shannon

Anatomy of a Frog (FREE PRINTABLE)

Hi guys, Shannon here. If you haven’t been following along, team member Emily, has been doing a weekly craft challenge called “Craft the Zoo” over on Instagram. Follow #craftthezoo or @makingwithmommy to see all her wonderful creations!

Whenever I can, I like to coincide our playful learning prompts with her weekly theme and this week we’re exploring Rainforest Animals! I’ve always personally been fascinated by poisonous tree frogs. They come in crazy brilliant colors and are often covered in spots. Not to mention, some are as small as your fingernail.

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So today, I’m sharing a few more printables for you to play along at home. These can be used for studying regular frogs or poisonous tree frogs, just adapt by your color and pattern choice.

The FREE PRINTABLE includes:

Symmetry drawing

Anatomy of a Frog worksheet

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You can check out more play ideas on Instagram by searching #playthezoo. And if you have any suggestions on resources you'd like to see on here, we’d love to hear from you! Comment below or send us a line at hello@kidlabraleigh.com



Enjoy!

-Shannon