Bug Crafts for Toddlers

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Many toddlers are interested in and fascinated by bugs, while some find them frightening. The crafts in this lesson will help all of these toddlers use art to develop their appreciation of bugs.

Toddlers and Bugs

Whether you are a parent or a teacher of a toddler, you probably know that their relationship to the natural world can be a complicated one. Toddlers often love and relish in nature, finding beauty and wonder where adults have long forgotten it. On the other hand, toddlers do not always know instinctively how to relate to nature respectfully, and they might find aspects of the natural world frightening or repulsive.

This lesson focuses on crafts that help toddlers learn about and appreciate bugs. Each craft here focuses more on process than product. You may not end up with a perfect picture to display, but your toddler will get so much out of the sensory experiences offered here and will appreciate the chance to use art to reflect on something intriguing in nature. Remember to talk with your toddler as they work, because part of the process is learning together about our own impressions of the world around us!

Drawing and Painting

Drawing and painting can offer endless opportunities for toddlers, who are just learning how to control writing implements. These bug crafts encourage toddlers to draw and paint.

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