You know how things always get better AFTER you don’t really need them anymore? Just think of any one of a million baby products out there. It seems like just when you are leaving the baby stage, they come out with something that would have made life SO MUCH EASIER as a mom. I know my own mom has said the same thing.
Boppy pillows, Diaper Genies and Bumbo seats are just a few things she wishes were around when we were little. For me, it’s the cool baby food pouches they have now. How nice to feed the baby without having to cart around a spoon and baby food jar! I love these things!
They are perfect for the lunch boxes or grabbing a quick and healthy snack before running out the door. As we use more and more of the fruit pouches, I started wondering if there was something I could do with the caps instead of just throwing them away. Guess what? There is!
I went searching Pinterest for ideas to use up the pouch caps. There are some great ideas out there for sorting games, threading with yarn and simple manipulatives. However, my kids are a bit old for those ideas. Then I saw these cute little bugs on Saving Said Simply and figured we could do something like that! They are cute and easy and they go right along with all the learning about plants and bugs we’ve been doing this spring.
Pouch Cap Bug Craft
What you’ll need:
- 3 pouch caps
- 2 pipe cleaners
- 1 pony bead
- 2 googly eyes
- hot glue
What to do:
- Cut one of the pipe cleaners in half. Bend the halves so they are shaped like a “U” as shown above. These will be your legs.
- Thread the two pipe cleaner halves through two of the pouch caps to hold them together. (You won’t need any glue for the body.) Twist the pipe cleaners and shape them to make legs.
- Thread the other pipe cleaner through the third pouch cap. This cap will be the head. Twist and arrange the pipe cleaner to look like antennae. You can leave it long or cut it down if you like.
- Before attaching the head to the body, glue on eyes and a nose. I used large googly eyes and a pony bead for the nose, but a pom-pom would work, too. Just raid your craft closet and see what you have lying around. We also made one with small eyes on the ends of the antennae (kind of like a snail.)
- Using hot glue, attach the head to the body. The pouch caps nestle into each other perfectly!
Henry has been studying plants and bugs in Kindergarten this spring. They just finished learning all about the butterfly life cycle and got to watch the classroom caterpillars go through metamorphosis. They now have butterflies in the class! Charlie has been helping me with pruning and watering my plants. He decided that Mr. Buggle needed to live outside by the hydrangea plant!
Here’s a fun little planting project to do with your kids! We used empty K-cups, but you could also use an egg carton or any other small container. Draw a funny face on the outside with permanent marker and then plant with grass seed. When it grows in, your faces have green hair!
Just fill the cups 2/3 of the way with planting soil, then top with a sprinkle of grass seeds. Cover the rest of the way with soil, water and then place in a window sill where they will get plenty of light! In a week or so, you’ll see little sprouts coming in and pretty soon a full head of green hair will be growing. The kids love it!