Jungle Junction Beanbag Beetle Bugs
- Beetlebugs are the playful kids of the jungle, and they are always ready for an adventure. This preschool project turns brightly colored socks into Beetlebug buddies. See More Crafts
- 1 sock
- 1 cup dried split peas, lentils or beanbag filler (which can be purchased at craft stores)
- Scissors (Cutting intended for grown-ups only.)
- Hot glue
- Fabric glue
- 2 white felt circles, 1" diameter
- 2 black felt circles, 1/4 " diameter
- 4 medium-sized black pom-poms
- Fabric marker
Choose a clean sock in a bright color like red, blue or green.
Pour one cup of beanbag filler into the toe of the sock. For filler you can use something you have in the pantry like lentils, beans or split peas. Or, if you prefer, you can purchase beanbag pellets at a craft store.
Tip: To make filling the sock easy for preschoolers, place it in a sturdy drinking glass. Fold the edge of the sock over the rim of the glass to hold it open. Give kids spoons and let them fill the socks with beans -- an excellent exercise for building hand-eye coordination.
After adding beans remove the sock from the glass and shake the beans into the toe of the sock. It's a grown-up's job to cut off the ankle of the sock, leaving a 1/2 inch of fabric for gluing the beanbag shut. It's also a grown-ups jot to use hot glue to seal the beanbag -- and be sure that none of the beans can escape through the corners of the seam. Let the glue dry and cool.
Finally, have kids use fabric glue to attach white felt eyes, black felt pupils and 4 pom-pom wheels. They can use a black fabric marker to draw a smile on their buddies.
Article provided by Spoonful.com
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