It’s been raining and hailing here, which means there are tons of bugs. My toddler has been enjoying hunting for bugs. To go with our bug theme this week baby did some bug footprint pictures. We made an ant, bee, grasshopper, dragonfly, beetle, caterpillar and snail.
These footprint bugs are inspired by a book that we’ve been reading called 123 Little Bugs, A Cool Counting Book by Puck. It contains very simple bug pictures which helped me visualize how to make our craft.
To make the dragonfly footprint baby made a blue print. Once it was dry, I drew two wings on each side of the foot in black crayon. Then my toddler glued on two googly eyes.
Baby made a brown footprint for the beetle. Then I drew two hind legs and one front leg on each side in black crayon for a total of 6 legs. I also drew on a mouth and body divisions. My toddler then glued on googly eyes.
This is more toe prints than footprints. I painted baby’s toes with green paint and stamped them twice. Then I drew a red circle on for the head, added eyes, mouth, and antenna in black crayon. I also outlined the toes in green crayon to make the body pop.
Baby made a green footprint. Once it was dry I added three legs and two antenna in green crayon. Then I added two wings, an eye, and a mouth in black crayon. You could also add extra legs like they did in the grasshopper footprint pick ease made.
I’m a big fan of using a pink footprint for white animals. Once baby’s pink print was dry I drew on a brown spiral and shaded it in for the shell. I also added two eyes, a mouth, and two antenna in brown crayon.
Baby did a red footprint to represent a fire ant. This one is my favourite of the bug pictures. I drew three circles around different parts of the foot to divide the ant body. For the back of the ant’s body I added a black tip to the end of the foot. Then I added four legs to the middle circle in black crayon. For the head of the ant I added two legs, two antenna, two eyes, and a mouth in black crayon.
For the bee baby made a yellow footprint. I divided the print into two body parts with a circle for the head and an oval for the body. At the base of the foot I added a black triangular tail and some black lines in crayon. I also added three legs and two wings to the body of the bee. For the ants head I added two eyes, a mouth, and two antenna.
What other bugs crafts would be fun with babies and toddlers?