Family Time Calendar: Get Bug-Eyed

From grasshoppers to bumblebees to fireflies, your backyard is a veritable insect zoo. Talk to your kids about what's buzzing round their yard, and then get to work at turning the kids into insects themselves with these bug spectacles.

What you'll need:

  • Empty, clean egg carton
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paint and/or markers
  • Hole punch
  • Good grown-up scissors

 

What you'll do:

Cut the top of the egg carton away from the bottom. Cut the bottom of the box in two the long way. This should leave you with two strips of six egg cups. Divide each strip into three pairs of egg cups -- see how they're beginning to look a little like eyeglasses?

 

Cut a hole in the center of each egg cup so your bugs can see through their glasses. Punch one hole above each egg cup (to attach the antennae to), and then punch one on either side (to attach the arms of the glasses to). Let your kids start painting and coloring their glasses as they like. Yellow and black for a bumblebee, black and red for a ladybug -- or perhaps they'll invent their own kind of bug.

 

Let your child pick two pipe cleaners to become antennae and two to become the parts of the glasses that sit over the ears. Attach the antennae to the top two holes and curl down the tops a little, cartoon bug style. Attach the side pipe cleaners. Put your bug spectacles on, adjust the arms to fit little ears and go zooming into the garden to look for fellow bugs.

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