Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Flying Bugs, Fish, & Superheroes: Spring Kids Crafts Project #68

Flying Bugs, Fish, & Superheroes
Spring kids crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up
Flying Bugs, Fish, and Superheroes OH MY!
When fish fly! Wait...
My daughter's flying bug!
The kids love to make them move!
Original Craft from LookWhatMomFound
Our flying superhero. Guess Who?


Supplies Needed:
  • Plastic Easter Eggs that Come in 2 Pieces (usually sold in 12 packs)
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Construction Paper or Foam Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Thin Ribbon, String, or Yarn
  • Imagination!
Time Needed:  
  • up to 30 Minutes plus drying time
What To Do:
Original craft instructions from LookWhatMomFound: Use 2 piece plastic Easter Eggs - Cut out wing shapes - Cut a length of invisible thread or fishing line + tuck part of wings and thread into egg and close the egg so you have 1 piece - Put on googly eyes - Use tape to attach the other end of the thread to the ceiling! 
My eggs wouldn't close with anything inside them so I modified this craft as follows:
  • For Flying Bugs
  1. If using a 2 piece egg put it together and tape it closed around the seam with double sided tape.
  2. Cut out wing shapes from construction or foam paper. 
  3. Attach wings to the sides of the egg - the double sided tape is already on the egg :)
  4. Attach eyes to front of egg.
    HINT: The front is the shorter piece of the egg.
  5. Attach some string, yarn, or ribbon to the top of the egg.
    My son's flying bug!
  6. Hang from ceiling with a piece of tape.
    My daughter's flying bug!
  7. Tap it to watch it fly through the air :)
  • For Flying Fish
  1. If using a 2 piece egg put it together and tape it closed around the seam with double sided tape.
  2. Cut out 2 or 3 fins and a tail shape from construction or foam paper. 
  3. Attach fins to the sides of the egg - the double sided tape is already on the egg :)
  4. Attach the 3rd fin (optional) to the top/back of the egg.
    This fish likes the air, not the water!
  5. Attach eyes to front of egg.
    HINT: The front is the shorter piece of the egg.
    We named him "fishie". We are very creative when it comes to names LOL!
  6. Attach some string, yarn, or ribbon to the top of the egg.
  7. Hang from ceiling with a piece of tape.
  8. Tap it to watch it fly through the air :)
  • For Flying Superheroes
  1.  If using a 2 piece egg put it together and tape it closed around the seam with double sided tape.
  2. Cut out a cape from construction or foam paper. Add hero emblems etc as desired.
    Faster than a speeding bullet...
  3. Attach cape to back of egg  - the double sided tape is already on the egg :)
  4. Attach eyes to front of egg.
    HINT: The front is the shorter piece of the egg.
  5. Add facial features, hair etc with a marker or cut outs from construction paper.
    He might not be a man of steel, but he's a mighty plastic flier!
  6. Attach some string, yarn, or ribbon to the top of the egg.
  7. Hang from ceiling with a piece of tape.
  8. Tap it to watch it fly through the air.

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

This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.

Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with.

If your child has trouble using fine motor skills use much larger eyes. The small eyes we used require very good fine motor skills.

This is a great craft to practice using safety scissors.  Safety scissors cut only paper and imperfect cuts will look fine on this craft.
 
For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project. Maybe you can make monsters or puppies or something else creative with these fliers!

PLEASE POST IN COMMENTS your opinion of this kids craft, if you enjoyed it, other ideas that may be similar.     

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FEATURED BOOK
A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Easter Bugs" By David A. Carter. This is an amazing pop up book!  Inside each brightly decorated egg is a new bug, unlike any you'll ever see in nature like the the fluffy yellow Chick-Chick Bug (with touchable fleecy soft fur). There's even a bucktoothed Bunny Bug with turquoise spots. Kids will have a great time guessing what kind of critter is inside each egg and of course, flipping the pages to see each amazing pop up!

FEATURED PRINTABLE
Check out these FREE Spring Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!

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