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Let Nature Inspire Your Own Spoon Bugs

Summer is full of all sorts of bugs. Head outside with a container to catch bugs in your back yard to get ideas for your spoon bug. Try looking in the grass, or maybe sit by a flower to wait for a pollinator. Bugs could also be hiding under rocks or logs.

Photo by Suzy Lyttle

Count the legs of your bug. If it is a true insect, it will have six legs! See if your bug has spots, lines or is all one color. Do you notice pointy antennae? You can re-create all these details on your own spoon bug.

This craft is brought to you by our last Nature Play Day program at Plum Creek Nature Center!


Photo by Suzy Lyttle

Wooden spoon


Pipe cleaners

Optional materials

Bug story books

Insect identification guides

Real bugs


Photo by Suzy Lyttle

1. Color your spoon with markers. Use a real bug for inspiration, or look through bug books for ideas.

2. Add pipe cleaners for legs. If you are working on an insect, add six legs. If you are working on a spider, add eight legs. If you are working on a centipede or a millipede, add LOTS of legs.

3. Using pipe cleaners, add wings or antennae. Most insects have two sets of wings. Think of a butterfly: It has top wings and bottom wings.

4. Take an adventure with your spoon bug! Venture outdoors with your new friend. Introduce your spoon bug to real beetles, butterflies or spiders.


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