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Spoon Bugs

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Have some fun creating your own "spoon bug" using a small bit of air drying clay and a teaspoon or dessert spoon. Air drying clay is available form most discount variety stores. This project takes a few days, as you need to allow time for the clay to dry - this is great exercise for developing patience. Small children can easily put a simple version of these together, while older children (and adults) will have fun creating more complex designs.



bug
Cute spoon bug


Paint your little clay bugs bright colors and keep them in a special place as bug "pets" that won't bite or sting you and never need feeding. Sounds ideal to me. Can you trick someone into thinking they're real?

Time: 60 minutes (over several days as the clay and paint dry)
Age: Any Age
Level: Easy



bug
Take some air drying clay and a spoon


Materials
Air drying clay
Paint
Paint brush
3 - 4 cotton bud/ear cleaners per bug
1 spoon per bug

Method
Take a small blob of air drying clay and shape it onto a teaspoon (to make a smaller bug) or dessert spoon (to make a bigger bug). The spoon acts as a handy guiding shape.



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Shape the clay onto the spoon


Smooth any cracks and lumps our of the clay, and remove it from the spoon.
Take 3 - 4 cotton bud/ear cleaners and cut them in half.
Insert the cotton bud/ear cleaners into the clay shape to create "legs" (and antennae if you wish).



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Insert ear cleaners into the clay


Allow the newly created bug to dry in the sun for 24 hours.
Paint the clay bright bug colors.
Allow the paint to dry.
Make a whole bug collection and enjoy playing with your new friends in the garden.



bugs
Our new bug collection


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#Clay
#Easy
#Painting
#Any Age
#Under 5s
#5 to 10s
#Over 10s
#Bugs
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