Minibeast crafts

Brightly coloured rock bugs
Have a go at making your own rock bugs (Photo: iStock.com/Stuphipps)

Minibeasts are fascinating! And you can have lots of fun exploring their different shapes and colours with our minibeast craft ideas.

Make a symmetrical butterfly

Butterfly symmetry painting
Create a symmetrical butterfly painting (Photo: Danielle Wesley/WTML)

The beautiful patterns on a butterfly’s wings are symmetrical – that means one wing is a mirror image of the other.

Why not create some butterfly art and design your own amazing multicoloured butterfly with matching wings? Get inspired by what you see in the woods - brightly coloured flowers, like poppies, are a great start.

If you'd like to follow a guide, you could use our template.

Minibeast masks

Bee mask made from a paper plate
Make a bumblebee mask (Photo: K Jacobs-Rutter/WTML)

You can adapt this simple mask to make different kinds of minibeast. You will need:

  • a paper plate
  • paints or colouring pens
  • coloured pipe cleaners (for antennae)
  • elastic,string or wool to tie the mask on.

1. Cut the paper plate in half. Then cut out a triangle from the middle of the straight edge so there’s room for your nose.

2. Hold the mask up to your face and use a pencil to mark where they eye holes should be. Then draw the holes and cut them out with a scissors (get a grown up to help you with this).

3. Now you can go to town decorating your mask! Want to be a bumble bee? Then paint it with yellow and black stripes. Or perhaps you’d rather be a spotty ladybird. You could look at close up pictures of minibeasts online for some inspiration – lots have big, bug eyes so you could draw these on round the eye holes.

4. Punch two holes at the top of the mask and attach the pipe cleaners to make your antennae.

5. Finally, punch holes at either side and attach the elastic, string or wool.

Natural butterfly collage

Natural collage butterfly
Use natural materials to make a butterfly collage (Photo: WTML)

Collect lots of pretty and colourful natural objects, such as flower petals, leaves and feathers.

Draw a large butterfly on a piece of paper - or use our comma butterfly colouring page as a guide - and stick on your finds to give it gorgeous patterned wings – try to make them match.

You could even add a sprinkle of glitter to make your butterfly shimmer!

Lovely ladybird crafts

The ladybird has got to be one of our cutest and most easily recognised minibeasts, and little kids will love making our ladybird potato stamp, or getting out the crayons to tackle our ladybird colouring sheet.

Pebble and rock bugs

Using pebbles or rocks to make minibeasts is easy and fun – and you can make all sorts of different types.

First, find lots of fairly flat, rounded pebbles, then grab your paints and get creative! Will you make a ladybird, bumblebee, or your own wacky minibeast?

Colourful caterpillar

This wriggly caterpillar is super-cute and really easy to make. You will need:

  • some sheets of different coloured paper, and a big piece of background paper
  • a compass, or a couple of jar lids to draw around – it’s good to have a smaller one for the head
  • coloured pipe cleaners
  • colouring pencils or pens
  • glue
  • googly eyes (optional).

1. Start by drawing a smaller circle on coloured paper – this will be the head. Cut it out and stick it on the background paper. (Take care with the scissors – you might want to get your grown up to do the cutting for you).

2. Then cut out some bigger circles for the sections of the caterpillar’s body and add these. Stick them on so they’re overlapping a bit and in a wiggly pattern! You can make your caterpillar as long as you like.

3. Cut two pieces of pipe cleaner and stick them on to make antennae, and draw on the eyes (or stick on the googly eyes) and mouth. Finally, give your caterpillar some feet.

Don’t forget to show off your fab creepy crawly creations by posting a picture on our Facebook page, or on Instagram or Twitter using #NatureDetectives.

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