Birthday Party: 'Bugs Are Beautiful' Theme

. Place candy bugs in the bottom of an ice cube tray, add water, and freeze the tray. When the ice cubes are frozen, place them in the party drinks.
* Make spider webs from cotton candy.
* Create bug nests from coconut or shredded wheat.
* Make fly paper from fruit rolls - then stick candy bugs onto the fly paper.
Bake a Wormy Dirt Cake:
1. Make a spice or white cake or cupcakes, adding raisins to the cake batter; cool.
2. Frost the cake with chocolate frosting.
3. Sprinkle crushed chocolate wafer cookies over the frosting to look like dirt.
4. Add Gummy worms and other candy bugs to the dirt.
NOTE: Be sure to tell the kids when the bugs are plastic and nonedible.

* Send the entomologists home with a handful of plastic bugs.
* Give the kids bug boxes to use for studing insects in their own backyards.
* Hand out books to help identify insects or give them storybooks about bugs such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.

Copyright 1997 by Penny Warner. Reprinted from The Kids' Pick-a-Party Book with permission of Meadowbrook Press.

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