Butterflies, bees, caterpillars and ladybirds – today I’m sharing some of my favourite bug crafts for toddlers with lots of simple and achievable ideas that toddlers can enjoy.
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This round up has got lots of ideas for bug crafts for toddlers to make with ideas that are suitable for one, two and three year olds. Of course, if you have (or work with) kids this age then you’ll know that there’s a huge difference between what a one year old can do and what a three year old can do (as well as differences at each age) so take a look through the list list, take a look at the collages and pick the crafts that you think that your child will enjoy the most – the ones which suit their abilities and the ones which suit their interests. After all there’s no point in forcing your kid to make cute butterflies if she just wants to do a spider craft today, it’s all about having fun.
If you like the look of these bug crafts then make sure that you bookmark this page or pin an image so that you have it to hand when you need it the most. We’ve shared hundreds of crafts for toddlers so keep reading for more of our favourite ideas at the end of this post plus some of our favourite bug books for toddlers.
Bug Crafts for Toddlers
This easy butterfly craft is perfect for toddlers who as the DIY stamps are nice and big for small hands to grasp hold of.
Have a look in this round up of minibeast crafts for a super simple caterpillar my son made at his playgroup using egg boxes, it’s a really easy recycled craft and makes a nice sturdy bug!
These dragonfly suncatchers look fantastic up in a window with the light shining through them and they’re a great way for your toddler to work on their fine motor skills too.
We love paper roll or toilet roll crafts and this cute bee themed one from Easy Peasy and Fun looks fantastic.
This sponge printed caterpillar craft from Buggy and Buddy looks amazing.
Get a second use out of packaging materials with this simple butterfly craft to paint.
Happy Hooligans have a free template that you can use while making their symmetrical butterfly craft.
This ladybird craft is one my daughter made as a toddler and includes a few ideas on how you could adapt it too.
Raising Little Superheroes shares a handprint dragonfly craft.
This easy bee craft from Happy Toddler Playtime is perfect for young kids with it’s large potato masher to hold.
Toddler Approved share an easy butterfly craft that toddlers can make.
I love the way these ladybirds have been decorated on Happy Hooligans.
No Time for Flashcards shares a simple butterfly craft that’s tried and tested by toddlers.
Teaching Mama has a great post with an idea for colouring in a ladybird craft without having to use paints.
Make a paper chain caterpillar following this tutorial from Where Imagination Grows.
Bug Books for Toddlers
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle – a beautifully illustrated book by the author of The Hungry Catterpillar
The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson – One of the favourites in our house, I love the snails adventures around the world
Ten Little Ladybugs – a cute counting book for kids
More Crafts for Toddlers
We love these simple weather crafts for toddlers – perfect for the whole year round!
Or these under the sea crafts are great if you’re looking at an ocean unit – or just as an activity after a day out at the seaside.
Finally does your toddler like Dear Zoo? It was always a favourite here and you’ll find tons of crafts and activities on this post to do alongside the story.