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Friendly Insects

These friendly insects are so cute as yard stakes or to sit in your pot plants inside.  If you have to have insects inside, these are the best kind to have!

What you will need to make Your Friendly Insects

  • thin wooden stakes or dowels
  • fluffy pompoms
  • pipe cleaners
  • plastic 'googly' eyes
  • scraps of felt
  • glue (I used a glue gun - kids will need extra supervision if you decide to use one...)
  • wax paper


Twist the end of one of the pipe cleaners into a loop, then bend it flat. This is now your base.

Take the fluffy pompoms, which will be the body of your insect. Stick it them to your pipe cleaner base one at a time.

You can add smaller pom poms to the body for over-sized eyes if you like.  Glue on pipe cleaners for legs and arms.  Wind another pipe cleaner around the dowel to hold your insect in place. 

Decorate your insect as you like with bit of felt and googly eyes.

If you don't want to make an ant you could use one big pom-pom and four pipe cleaners (2 legs from one) to make a spider.  Or make up an entirely new insect shape!  Maybe one with wings - wax paper would be perfect for making wings.

This technique can also be used to make little characters to put on the end of your pens and pencils!

Would you like to print out an Instruction Sheet for this activity?

Click on the download button to get your copy of the Friendly Insects Instruction Sheet.  The pdf will open in a new tab and you can either save it or print it from there.

Please do feel free to share this sheet with anyone who might like to engage their kids in this activity!

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