Bottle cap bugs are just a silly fun way to occupy little ones’ time for a while and spark their imaginations. The bottle caps are kept loose – not fastened to a page – so that they can be manuevered and rearranged at will. This activity is strictly a fun way to experiment with making designs and patterns. Your children can make them look like caterpillars or anything their hearts desire.
I prepared my bottle cap faces ahead of time and we used them as part of our B is for Butterfly day at preschool. The schedule that day had a short unplanned period of time that I wanted to fill up with something new but it wasn’t going to be long enough for an elaborate activity. The kids really had fun with this but it would not have held their attention for more than 10-15 minutes. Lesson plan idea: this activity can also be used for I is for Insect or C is for Caterpillar.
Tip: do not get overly attached to those bug faces, if you are working with children younger than four years old. The 3 year olds in my class couldn’t help themselves. Attennaes got broken off. It was almost like they were calling to my little kiddos “Break me!” LOL My 4 year olds did not do that. Every bug face was safe with them. As I was planning this activity, I determined not to interfere with their fun. I planned on some breakage.
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How To Make A Bottle Cap Bug Face
Bottle caps – saved from soda bottles
Sharpie (for the smile)
Washable marker or crayons
Take a colorful soda bottle cap and glue two googly eyes to it.
Cut 1 – 2 inch pieces from pipe cleaners
Glue 2 pipecleaners to the top of the cap, above the eyes.
Add a smile made with a Sharpie permanent marker.
You will need at least one bug face bottle cap and many plain bottle caps per child to play with. I gave each child a piece of cardstock as a base that they were welcome to write or draw on with a washable marker or crayons. The example I made has little black legs for a caterpillar but they will come up with all sorts of ideas that you never thought off! Little imaginations are amazing to behold!
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