I Love Bugs Pencil Cup
Difficulty: Very Easy
Age: 5 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
Surprise the bug-fancier in your family with an 'I Love Bugs' pencil cup. Recycle a Play-Doh can into just the thing for young students 'bugged' by homework.
What you'll need:
- Craft foam in the shape of bugs (recommended: Fibre-Craft's lady bugs and caterpillars)
- Tacky glue
- Large rubber bands (that will fit around a Play-Doh container)
- Hole punch
- Any color of "Painters" paint markers, optional
- Pens or pencils
How to make it:
- Have kids customize their foam bugs. Kids can take the spots out of the red lady bugs and put them inside the black lady bugs, then put the spots from the black lady bugs and put them inside the red lady bugs.
- Let your child glue the bugs on the container wherever they would like.
Note: Be sure to keep the bugs from being too near the top of the container so the lid can fit on.
- Carefully stretch a rubber band around the container to hold the bugs on until dry.
- Let your child pick one bug to glue on the lid.
- Together decide where and how many holes you want in the lid.
- Help your child maneuver the hole punch over the lip on the lid and onto the top of the lid.
- Punch out a few holes. You may have to punch a few times close to a hole to fit the pen or pencil into the hole.
- Let the glue dry overnight.
- Remove the rubber bands.
- If you would like, you may add the child's name to the container, or possibly one of the following phrases:
- Cute as a bug.
- I love bugs.
- I'm bugged.
- Don't bug me.
- Homework bugs me.
- Nothing bugs me.
- Bug off.
- Let the writing dry.
- Place your pens and pencils in the holder.
- Let your child keep it, give it to a grandparent, or even a teacher!
Precut craft foam bugs make this project a quick one. Children will need help with the hole punch as it can be a bit tricky with the lip of the lid in the way.