While crafts can be exciting for children anytime of the year, insect crafts are wonderful projects for the spring and summer months. Teachers and parents can help children create a variety of insect projects and then dangle them from the ceiling for a festive look. Remember that friendly, cute bugs are the most inviting. You can begin with some simple and colourful dragonfly craft projects.
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A very easy dragonfly craft for children can be created from using templates found on the DLTK website (see References). There are two different versions of the template. Pieces can be printed either in colour or in black and white. Black and white templates allow children to colour the dragonflies with their own colours. The children then cut them out--with help from an adult if needed--and glue them together to make a paper dragonfly. If desired, you can tie a string to the dragonfly and attach it to the ceiling.
This fancy 3D dragonfly requires a printable template from Craftscope.com (see References). Once the template is printed, children can colour the dragonfly body and both sets of wings in bright colours. Markers work well because they are more vibrant than crayons. You can then attach the second set of wings to the dragonfly with glue to create a 3D look. Children can add glitter, sequins and even wiggly eyes for a fun effect.
Children use construction paper and a clothespin to make this friendly dragonfly. The project begins by cutting a piece of brightly coloured paper about 5 inches long and 2 inches wide. Children can then fold the paper back and forth accordion style from one end to the other along its length. You can use the clothespin to clip the paper in the middle. This creates the illusion of wings on each side. The clothespin itself serves as the dragonfly's body. Kids may want to paint the clothespin before beginning the activity. They can also add wiggly eyes.
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