Nature Bugs

Jul 16, 2015

There is so much beauty in the world around us—sometimes, we just need a reminder to take time and enjoy it! 

This craft is fun for kids because they get to go on a nature “treasure hunt” to find some beautiful little bits of life. They can use the things they find to create bugs and creatures using their imaginations. 

The possibilities are endless and this is a outdoor activity your kiddos will want to do again and again.

You Will Need:

Nature! Go on a nature hike and grab samples of anything and everything you find!  The kids love this part.

A big pile of leaves, flowers, branches, stems and more.


Lay out your found treasures and let your imagination run wild. 

Flower petals and maple keys become wings, stems and pine cones become bodies and pine needles become legs.  Anything goes.

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Here are some fun examples that we made:

A bug made f weeping peashrub, maple key and a leaf.

The body is a leaf with weeping peashrub legs. The head is made from a maple key and we added leaf stem antennae.

A bug made from boxwood, clover and pine needle.

The body is a boxwood leaf stem with helicopter wings, plus a clover head and pine needle antennae.

A bug made from a pine cone, leaves and wheat.

The body is a pine cone with green leaf wings and wheat antennae.

The possibilities are endless if you use your imagination. Give this fun craftivity a try with your kiddos and enjoy getting back to nature!

A group of little nature bugs

Article Author Jill Dubien
Jill Dubien

Read more from Jill here.

Jill Dubien is a working mom who loves to craft and cook with her kiddos in her spare time. She has an awesome and supportive husband and two wonderful kids—a six-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son. Before she had kids, Jill couldn’t cook much of anything except toast and cereal, and really despised being in the kitchen. People who know her personally find it extremely humorous that she is now the self-proclaimed “Queen of fun food.” Jill blogs at Meet the Dubiens, where she shares lots of fun foods and crafts for kids.

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