April 12, 2010

Only the best for our bugs!

It's turning out to be a gorgeous spring here in Virginia! The weekend was perfect for outdoor play, so while A napped, E and I went into the back yard to make garden homes for her rubber bugs. (I'm afraid all real bugs were quickly evicted.) Yes, Tinkerbell somehow got wind of the new condos and - Tink being Tink - made herself right at home.

Making the bug/fairy houses was easy and fun. While I gathered paper lunch bags, scissors, and glue, E walked around the yard and collected flowers, leaves, and berries to decorate the houses.

I rolled back the openings of the bags, tearing and shaping until I was happy with the look. Then E and I glued on the natural materials to finish our houses. When they were dry, we asked the new tenants to move in!

The bugs seemed rather pleased with their new digs.

Tink said the neighbors left much to be desired, but she guessed she'd stay.

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! by Bob Barner

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
The inspiration behind buying the rubber bugs for the girls (a Target dollar spot find, btw) was this darling book. I'm not entirely sure why I am so taken with this book. Perhaps because it is simple and yet infectiously enthusiastic. Every page celebrates bugs with short descriptions very young children will be able to sit through and enjoy. The illustrations are gorgeous mixed media artwork, creating humorous goofy buggy creatures on every page. By the end of the book you, too, want to run outside to see these wacky, wonderful bugs! The back of the book includes life-sized illustrations of the eight featured insects as well as a "bug-o-meter" chart that contrasts and compares their basic features.

Yes, I know a fairy book would probably have gone better with the craft (hey, how was I to know Tink was going to weasel her way in?), but I love this book and honestly don't  know of any non-commercial (aka non-Disney/Barbie) fairy books worth reading. I'd love to hear your suggestions!


  1. How precious is that?

    I'm equally amazed at the beautiful flowers. Those were right there in your own yard? Amazing!

  2. These are adorable! I love it.

  3. Your azaleas are blooming! Yay! And you said you didn't get any sun in your yard... hogwash, I say. :) That book looks very cute! I love the Target dollar bin.

  4. Such cute houses! Must try them with our fairies ;)

  5. I love that you take the time to get creative with your girls. It is clear that this was a real "connection moment" with them and not just a what can I do to keep you busy and occupied activity. So cute!

  6. Just what I was looking for...
    This is us last week:


  7. Oh my are those super cute, I think we might need to make some of those.

  8. I love this use for paper bags.

    Have you heard of artist Doug Rhodehamel's Spore Project?


    He's using paper bags to make mushrooms. This reminds me a lot of what he's up to.

  9. Ok, I just commented on your fungi mushroom craft and now I'm lovin this! I could make a whole backyard full of fun crafts for my daughter! Good job!

  10. That is so cute! Little M collects real bugs though, so our buggy home will be slimy in minutes!


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