My son is obsessed with bugs. He has every kind of toy bug, has seen every bug themed movie, he’ll sit outside for hours observing them. So I knew what kind of party I needed to host for him this year.
Caterpillar invitation—I folded 8 x 14” paper accordion style and cut five large circles where I wrote my invitation. I drew a little caterpillar face on the first circle.
On our front yard, I made a caterpillar with colored balloons tied to spikes in the ground and drew a face on the first balloon. I placed a sign on the door with pictures of bugs that said “Come bug out with us” like I did on the invitation.
I bought lots of plastic bugs and placed them all around on tables, chairs and on the floor for the kids to find these little surprises. We spray painted butcher paper green and hung it on our walls and I attached the bugs to the butcher paper. I tied a bunch of them to fishing line and hung them from the ceiling.
These are the crafts and activities we had that day.
Bug face painting - When the kids came, we asked them if they wanted bug tattoos and of course they all did! so we placed temporary bug tattoos on their faces and arms.
Flyswatter Craft-I glued coffee filters to craft sticks and they colored the coffee filters with magic markers. Then they caught butterflies, which were colored bubbles that I blew, with their nets.
Flyswatter Relay. They had to catch a bug (a few other moms threw them in the air) with their fly swatters and run from one corner of the yard and back without dropping it.
Crawl like a spider race—They all crawled from one end of the room to the opposite end with just they feet and hands on the floor
I set up a few tables with newspaper and put out brown paint and paper so they could do some finger painting. I think it made them feel like they were playing in the dirt.
We had a Bug Hunt. I hid plastic bugs around and they could keep what they found—they could keep up to three. Those who couldn’t find all three, we just gave them them the rest.
We played a game of Cocoon. The adults wrapped the kids arms in toilet paper and the kids had to escape so they could turn from a caterpillar into a butterfly.
Pin the bug on the flower. I drew a large flower and gave them bug stickers to stick on the flower.
Next we played a game of Musical Bees where they would run around and when the music stopped the bees would have to stand on a flower to collect its nectar. I made flowers out of construction paper and laid them on the floor
Lunch was caterpillar sandwiches peanut butter and jelly cut with cookie cutters and displayed them in a caterpillar shape. And I made ants on a log—peanut butter on celery sticks with raisins on top. I had other munchies like chips too.
Instead of a cake, I made a large caterpillar out of cupcakes and frosted them different colors. They also had dirt pudding—pudding with crushed Oreo cookies and gummy worms on top.
The goody bags had plastic bugs, bug coloring book and crayons, bug stickers, magnifying glass, bug pencils and bug shaped candy.