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Bugs, Butterflies & Spiders

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Bugs Butterflies and Insects

Bugs are everywhere, even on the internet in one form or the other. These color book craft bugs and butterflies will make cute additions to any crayola crayon party. Parents and teachers may use these educational color book ornament craft printable images craft activities for creating lesson plans and other educational purposes.

Bees, butterflies, spiders, ants, dragonflies and ladybugs all occupy space in folk art. Bees are common motifs on Pysanky Easter eggs and ornaments.

Bees were domesticated by early humans for honey production. Both bees and honey are also valuable for use in folk medicine to treat illnesses such as arthritis.

Some cultures thought spiders to be lucky omens, weather forecasters, and helpful aids in folk medicine.

Bug Life Color Book

Symbolic attributes given to some insects include:

  1. Spiders: patience, artistry and industry.
  2. Ant - perseverance, industriousness, orderliness, virtue, strength, stamina, honor
  3. Bee - immortality, rebirth, order, purity, soul, chastity, community.
  4. Butterfly - metamorphosis, grace, light,
  5. Ladybug - delight, trust
  6. Dragonfly- swiftness, activity

Materials To Keep On Hand

Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.

Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.

Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.

Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.

  • Types of Paper:
    • Construction - many colors
    • Copier - many colors
    • Tissue
    • Crepe
    • Cardboard
    • Cardstock - many colors
    • Tracing
    • Water-color
    • Drawing
    • Onionskin
    • Paper tubes - TP tissue, paper towel and gift-wrap
    • Foam craft sheets - many colors
    • Magnet sheets - Make refrigerator magnets
    • Stiff Stencil - Paint repeating patterns on items, embroidery, latch-hook rug patterns
    • Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
  • Some Mediums & Tools to keep handy for the creative process.
    • Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
    • Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
    • Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
    • Chalk - many colors
    • Colored pencils - many colors
    • Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
    • Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
    • Straws - paper not plastic
    • Tooth picks - age appropriate
    • Sponges - cut into shapes or purchase for blotting paint shapes
    • Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops
    • Puffy paint and glitter - to draw words, images and shapes on cloth
    • Wine corks
    • Celluclay - A handy pulverized paper product that resembles clay for paper mache'
    • Modeling clay - reusable, come in colors, good for making molds
    • Pottery clay - Only if you expect to use a kiln
    • Silicon molds and release spray
    • Wooden shapes - to paint for ornaments and gifts
    • Decal sheets for window decals
    • Cloth scrap pieces left overs from sewing
    • Clay modeling tools - ll sorts, combs, forks, dental picks, anything to make interesting cuts and patterns
    • Plain tee shirts