Before starting this project, you’ll need the following materials:
Hi everyone, today I’m sharing a cute and super fun kids craft… A Colorful Painted Wooden Bug Box. I did this project for Darice during the Summer, but this is a project that can be done in the Fall as well. We still have LOTS of bugs here in NC in he Fall.
This craft is so cool and I love that the kids can customize it with any colors they wish. It’s a perfect project for kids of all ages! They can paint their bug boxes then go around together, explore and find bugs to learn about.
So let’s get started!
Wooden Bug Box Supplies Needed:
- Unfinished Wooden Bug Box
- Plastic Insects
- Studio 71 Paint Brushes
- Studio 71 Paint Trays
- Craft Paint
Originally I wrote this post as a Summer Camp or VBA craft for Darice.
Step 1. For this step really let the kids explore their creativity. I would make a couple example bug boxes and set them on the table for a little inspiration, but other then that let them have free range.
Using thin paint brushes really let’s them create the small details on their bug box. I have invested in nice brushes for my VBS kids, that have lasted years. Just leave cups of water on the tables for them to add their brushes to once they’re finished. Then you can have your camp helpers wash the brushes to keep them like new.
Make sure to have lots of fun color options for the kids to pick from.
Step 2. Now it’s time to make these little bugs bright and colorful! This is an optional step, but I think the kids would have a blast painting some bugs, especially if you have the time.
For this step I did a total of three coats, letting each coat dry 5 minutes.
Once you have all three coats painted, it’s time to add some details. They can get pretty creative with this step as well! You could even add some glitter paints to the tables.
Now these adorable bug I can handle!
Once they’re all finished you can take the kids around and start exploring for bugs!
See how many different bugs the kids can find outside.
This is a great Spring, Summer and even Fall project to work on with the kids. I have three boys and they are ALWAYS exploring for bugs around our property.
As always, thanks for stopping by!