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Glitter Bug Puppets

Saw this idea posted at Red Ted Art  for cardboard tube minibeasts. Minibeasts doesn’t have much meaning to us, but the image showed a fun bug craft.

We have fun with puppets and finger plays and I knew this project would work out fine as a finger puppet to use at story time.

So our Glitter Bugs were born!

Painting the bodies and muscling the glue

This project took us 2 days as the glue was so well applied that it took longer than expected to dry.

I ended up helping more than expected, as it took two hands to push through the holes and 1 to hold in place. We also found that thinner pipe cleaners bent easily and didn’t push through the holes as easily. It didn’t matter. Everyone stayed involved and 6 Glitter Bugs went home with happy kids.

A copy of cute finger plays to use with the puppets:

There’s a Bug……. (Sing to: “Farmer in the Dell”)adapted by us

There’s a bug is on my toe,
There’s a bug is on my toe,
Hi-ho, just watch it go.
There’s a bug is on my toe.

Other verses: A bug is on my nose ,my head, my ear, my elbow, my knee,


Hunting Bugs (Original Author Unknown) Sing to: “A- Hunting we will go”

A-hunting we will go
A -hunting we will go
We’ll catch a (insert any insect here)
and put it in a box
(loudly) and then we’ll let it go!


Bugs (Original Author Unknown) Sing to: “Frere Jacques”

Big bugs, small bugs,
Big bugs, small bugs,
See them crawl
On the wall?

Creepy, creepy, crawly,
Never, never falling.
Bugs, bugs, bugs,
Bugs, bugs, bugs.

Author: countryfun

35+ yrs in the classroom ~ love teaching ~ PLAY! ~ technology in ECE ~ sharing books ~ STEAM starts in ECE ~ outdoors ~ being CREATIVE!!

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