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I’m a “Boy Mom,” which means that there is no shortage of dirt, worms, or other creepy-crawlies that make their way into my house — especially at this time of year. Fortunately, these Wacky Bugs are a fun, easy, and clean Summer Craft for Kids!

Cute little bugs make a fun easy and clean summer craft for kids

When I’m looking for a simple way to entertain my boys, I have some very strict criteria — and it’s actually quite similar to the way that I cook: an activity (or recipe) needs to be (1) quick (short attention spans!); (2) easy (so that everyone can participate); and (3) and it can only require a few basic supplies (no hard-to-find ingredients or equipment, please)!

I’m happy to report that this particular summer activity for kids checks all of those boxes — and it’s 100% boy-approved!

Wacky Bugs are a fun, easy, and clean Summer Craft for Kids!

The best thing about these Wacky Bugs is that ANYTHING GOES. I didn’t want to tell the boys to just make “bugs,” because that would be setting them up for failure. It’s HARD to make a block of clay look exactly like a beetle or exactly like an ant. Instead, I encouraged them to get creative so that there was no wrong way to design a crazy insect!

We started with just a few basic supplies (as promised), which we picked up at Walmart:

  • Sculpey clay in a variety of colors (any similar clay that you can bake to harden will work fine);
  • Colorful “Fuzzy Sticks” or Pipe Cleaners
  • Wiggly Eyes (<— we used a peel-and-stick version like these)
  • Super Glue (an extra precaution to make sure that the eyes actually stay on the bug)

Wacky Bugs are a fun, easy, and clean Summer Craft for Kids!

The kids had so much fun with this!

While Spencer napped one afternoon, my older two boys worked their way through an entire package of clay…

Wacky Bugs are a fun, easy, and clean Summer Craft for Kids!

Our bugs included some rainbow-striped crawlers,

Wacky Bugs are a fun, easy, and clean Summer Craft for Kids!

a ladybug,

Wacky Bugs are a fun, easy, and clean Summer Craft for Kids!

a snail,

Wacky Bugs are a fun, easy, and clean Summer Craft for Kids!

a one-eyed monster bug,

Wacky Bugs are a fun, easy, and clean Summer Craft for Kids!

and a couple of colorful caterpillars.

Wacky Bugs are a fun, easy, and clean Summer Craft for Kids!

A quick tip: don’t forget to poke holes in the bugs BEFORE baking them so that you can easily stick the antennae and legs into their bodies when they are cool and hard!

While the bug bodies cooked in the oven, I sent Gibbs and Casey outside with giant wide-mouth mason jars to collect “nature” and build bug houses for their critters. After all, I can only keep them indoors and clean for so long!

Wacky Bugs are a fun, easy, and clean Summer Craft for Kids!

They enjoyed this activity so much, and it’s a great combination of both quiet and active play. We still have a long stretch of summer ahead of us, so you just might want to file this idea away…and I’m pretty sure that we’ll return to it again soon!

Wacky Bugs are a fun, easy, and clean Summer Craft for Kids!

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    1. Thanks, GiGi! Men are really just little boys in a bigger body…so of course he’d love some bugs! 🙂

  1. Oh, how cute are these, Blair! I think kids love it when they can put their own stamp of creativity on their project. It’s so fun to see what they come up with and it so often gives clues to their little personalities. This is so perfect for summer crafting!

    1. Thanks, Robyn! I agree — it’s fascinating to see how differently each of the kids’ bugs came out. It’s a perfect glimpse into their minds!

  2. I always love colorful stuffs. I’ll make my house full of rainbow and my baby girl will absolutely love these crafts, especially the rainbow window. It’s time to refresh our home. Thanks. for sharing your projects, .
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