*Make Refrigerator Bug Magnets. Spread out newspaper on the party table. Place bug-making materials on the table, including small pom-poms, felt, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners, feathers and other art accessories available at craft or toy stores. Have the kids cut out felt shapes to use as foundations for their bugs. Them have them glue on pompom bodies and heads, wiggly eyes, and other details. Suggest that the kids make ladybugs, beetles, worms, caterpillars, or create a strange new species. When the bugs are complete, give each child a strip of magnetic tape (available at craft and hardware stores) cut to fit the length of the felt foundation. Peel off the paper, and stick the magnetic strip to the bottom of the bug. When the bugs are finished, watch them magically stick the refrigerator!
* Have a Snail Paint. If snails are available in your backyard, let the kids paint them with nontoxic paint. Have a race with the decorated snails and watch them create a painted trail. Be sure to return them to the yard when they are all tuckered out.
Find Food and Favor Ideas
* Serve a Lady Bug Salad. Spread lettuce leaves over individual plates. Set a canned pear half in the center. Top the pears with red hot candies to make the spots. Set two canned apricot halves on either side of each pear to make wings. Mae antennae from strings of celery and top the antennae with cherries or grapes. Make lefs using raisins.
* Make Buggy Ice-Cubes