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Bug Catchers

February 25, 2013

The lovely ladies at fair and funky asked me to do a half-term post for their blog with a ‘make do and mend’ themed kiddies craft.

I scratched my head for a bit. And consulted the crafting encyclopaedia that is Pinterest

A while ago I pinned this great post, called “34 Recyclables to Upcycle for the Kids” from a fab site called Hands On As We Grow which contains all sorts of “hands on kids activities for hands on moms”! (I have no idea if I am a “hands on mom” but there are some pretty cool things on there.) The post links to other sites and the activities that they have come up with, and I saw the “Milk Jug Toss” from Creative Connections for Kids.

It involves a plastic milk bottle and a pom pom.

And then I remembered that fair and funky’s half term activity was to How to make a bug.

This is fantastic-it is basically a pom-pom, from t-shirt yarn.

So I thought that instead of a “milk jug toss” it could become a “bug catcher” which sounds way cooler…

This is what you do:

  • Make your bug-refer to the most excellent instructions over on fair and funky’s blog post – we made a regular pom-pom, as I had a surfeit of wool, and no time to make t-shirt yarn. A proper t-shirt yarn bug is cooler, but either is acceptable!
  • Dismember a 4 pint plastic milk bottle
A 4-pint milk bottle, in case you couldn't envisage one-cut just above the label, and below the handle, all the way around

A 4-pint milk bottle, in case you couldn’t envisage one-cut just above the label, and below the handle, all the way around

by cutting the bottom off, leaving you with the bit with handle and the poury bit

  • If you are feeling particularly protective of your young, then apply duct tape or similar to the sharpish edges of the milk bottle
  • Allow them to decorate the “bug catcher” as they please-BigSmall stuck glittery letters on his…
  • Then you have 2 3 options:

1) attach your “bug” via a piece of string/wool and then they have to try and loop the bug back up into the milk bottle to “catch” the bug

Bug catcher22) make 2 “catchers” and then use them to throw the bug between each other
3) hang it off a door handle to act as a cat toy (BigSmall’s idea..)

Bug catcher3

  • If you are feeling especially creative, you can then decorate/embellish the cut off end of the milk bottle to make a fetching pen/random bits holder-I used wool and a hot glue gun, but PVA and an old magazine would work just as well!

Bug catcher4

This kept BigSmall entertained for longer than I had anticipated-at least 10 minutes (I have very low expectations of crafting activities for 4 year olds, yet I still persevere…)

And it kept the grown-ups entertained for hours..!

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