Grasshoppers abound in fields and backyards during the summertime. Children enjoy watching grasshoppers jump from one blade of grass to another, often pulling back in surprise when the insects leap. Some kids put them into jars to inspect the grasshoppers' long, green bodies and powerful legs. After setting the insects free, children may want to make a grasshopper craft to keep as a reminder of this fascinating creature. Take completed crafts outside so children can move their grasshoppers legs to make them “jump” like the real insects.
Things You'll Need
- Egg carton, cardboard
- Green paint
- Pipe cleaners, 5 green
- Googly eyes
- Green construction paper
- Paper towel tube
- Pipe cleaners, 1 yellow
- Black marker
Egg Carton Grasshopper
Cut three joined cups from the bottom of a cardboard egg carton.
Paint the egg carton cups green and let the paint dry completely, according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Poke two holes in the top of one of the end cups.
Cut a green pipe cleaner into fourths. Save two pieces for another craft.
Push the two cut pieces of pipe cleaner through the holes in the egg carton cup.
Curl the ends of the pipe cleaners around your finger to make antennae.
Glue two wiggly eyes onto the egg carton cup underneath the antennae.
Cut out two leg shapes from green construction paper.
Glue the leg shapes onto either side of the middle egg carton cup.
Cardboard Tube Grasshopper
Paint a cardboard paper towel tube green.
Cut a 2-inch wide piece off the end of the cardboard tube.
Turn the two-inch wide piece so that it covers the opening of the tube to create the grasshopper’s head. The longer piece of tube will be the grasshopper's body.
Tape the head into place.
Bend two green pipe cleaners in half.
Tape one green pipe cleaner to the middle of each side of the longer cardboard tube (the body) for legs.
Cut a yellow pipe cleaner into fourths.
Twist two pieces of yellow pipe cleaner around the bends in the green pipe cleaner legs for knees.
Tape two pieces of yellow pipe cleaner onto either side of the grasshopper’s head, curling the ends to make antennae.
Cut two more green pipe cleaners into three pieces each, for a total of six pieces.
Bend each piece of green pipe cleaner in half.
Tape three pieces of green pipe cleaner underneath the cardboard tube on each side of the grasshopper’s body to make feet.
Draw eyes and a mouth on the grasshopper’s head using a black marker. Instead of drawing the eyes on, you can glue googly eyes on.