Monday, January 31, 2011

Walking Love Bug for Valentine's Day: Project #20 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #20: Walking Love Bug for Valentine's Day
Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up
What better way to say I Love You!
A Perfect Valentine's Day Gift
Supplies Needed:
  • 1 toilet paper holder (cardboard insert)
  • Red foil tissue paper OR red gift wrap OR aluminum foil
  • Double sided tape or glue
  • Regular tape
  • 7 Long Pipe Cleaners (3 red, 2 pink, 2 purple)
  • 6 Heart Buttons (about 1-1.5 inch)
  • Pair of Large Googly Eyes
  • Pom Pom
  • Hole Puncher
Time Needed: 15-30 minutes
What To Do:
  1. Take a pipe cleaner and thread it through one of your buttons, twisting the end so it won't fall off.
    I threaded the pipe cleaner through and then back
    and twisted since these buttons had 2 holes.

  2. Thread another button on the opposite end of the same pipe cleaner, twisting the end so it won't fall off.
  3. Repeat this until 1 red, 1 pink, and 1 purple pipe cleaner each have 2 buttons on them.
    HINT: If you want different colored feet on each end, thread each pipe cleaner with the same color button on both ends.
  4. Thread 1 pipe cleaner through the cardboard roll and tape it to the inside on each end.

  5. Thread the next 2 pipe cleaners through the cardboard roll and tape them to the inside on each end.
    HINT: Position the legs so that there's a front, middle, and back when taping them to the tube.

  6. Wrap cardboard roll with foil wrap, tucking the ends inside the tube.
    HINT: Use double sided tape to make the wrap stick and keep it smooth. If you don't have double sided tape, use white glue applied with a foam brush to keep it smooth.
  7. On one end of your final red pipe cleaner bend 1/4 inch of the pipe cleaner to face the ceiling at a 90 degree angle.
  8. On the other end of the pipe cleaner form a T or any other shape to keep the pipe cleaner from threading all the way through the hole you'll be making in Step #9.
  9. Use the hole punch to make a hole in the middle of the tube
  10. Thread the last pipe cleaner halfway through the tube and use the bent part to poke up into the hole that you've just punched. It should not be pulled all the way out due to the stop you made in Step #8 ;)
    HINT: If the foil on the inside of the tube is getting in the way of threading the last pipe cleaner through, gently pull the foil out of one end of the tube. Once you've threaded it, tuck the foil back inside.
  11. On the exposed end of your pipe cleaner make a heart.
  12. Add your googly eyes to the foil roll using either glue or double sided tape.

  13. Add your pom pom nose using white glue.
  14. Let dry completely!
  15. You're done :)
  16. To make him "walk" hold him by the heart and move him along :)

  17. Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.
Why We Love Crafts for Kids: Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs: Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If you child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.

If your child's small motor skills won't allow him to thread the buttons give him assistance. There are other small motor requirements for this project like putting on the tape or glue, adding the eyes and pom pom, wrapping the tube, and adjusting the legs!
If your child has an aversion to any of the supplies listed, please make any substitutions. It is my intent to provide you with an idea and tell you how I did it. Please take liberties and make it your own! (Sorry, I thought I was on American Idol for a  minute)

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well. Let him choose what to wrap the tube with, what color pipe cleaners to use, what buttons to put where and so on. 
Let him be proud of his very own creation!
For Older Children: An older child can further enjoy this project by accessorizing the love bug! You can add hair, a hair clip or neck tie, a puckering mouth, eyebrows etc!

Associated Educational Activities:

And now a word from *SeeryusMama: 
READ! "You're My Little Love Bug" by Heidi R. Weimer is a heartwarming book that reassures a child of his parents' love. With lights and sound, this rhyming book captures all the fun ways in which parents can describe their love to their children. You can even put your child's picture in the back! When you sit down, cuddle and read this book together, it will become not just any book, but a super special book for you and your love bug!

Make a Love Bug Snack! Use bread (cut into a circle with cookie cutter or bread cutter), spread peanut butter over it, add two dabs of jelly for the eyes, a Hershey kiss or a clump of raisins for the nose, and use string licorice for 2 antennas and a big smile :)

Sing a Bug Song:
  • The Little Caterpillar sung to tune of "Itsy Bitsy Spider"
    The little caterpillar crawled up into a tree,
    Spun his cocoon and slept so quietly,
    All through the winter he didn't make a sound,
    He dreamt of his new life when he'd be flying all around.
    While he was sleeping the snow did gently fall,
    Winter came and went, then he heard the robin's call,
    Come on Mr. Butterfly, out of your cocoon
    Spread your wings and fly for me, while I sing my tune.

  • Sing Itsy BItsy Spider with the hand movements!
    The itsy bitsy spider crawled up the water spout
    Down came the rain and washed the spider out
    Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
    So the itsy bitsy spider crawled up the spout again!
You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post your photos of your finished project and "Like" Us on Facebook! 

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*Sky (Seeryus Mama) is the mama of two kiddies, Johnny (a tween) and Paige (a toddler), and the trophy wife to her husband Brandon. They live in the middle of Nebraska - otherwise known as The Good Life.  Sky works part-time at the local library, attends college part time, hoping to eventually earn a Masters in Library Science and volunteers for several different organizations. Sky blogs at Seeryus Mama, where it's all about the good life and the products that go along with it.

1 comment:

plumbing said...

This is really cute. I'll keep visiting for more of your posts.

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