Bugs are a very common topic of conversation in our house. It is not unusual to walk into a room and hear kids talking about what kind of a bug they want to keep for a pet or what they want to go dig in the dirt to find. So creating these ‘creepy crawly’ crafts with leaves was a great way to merge their love for bugs with the wonderful fall season.

– Life Over C's bug craft for kids create a creepy crawly insect

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Materials for the Creepy Crawly Craft Activities

  • Foam Leaves
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes
  • Glue

You know I am all about simple activities and this is another one to add to the list! No ‘specialty’ pieces and no difficult instructions. This is something that most preschoolers should be able to do with minimal assistance. I did have to do the majority of it for my three year old, but that is because she isn’t developmentally ready for things like cutting and squeezing a glue bottle. If your child can do those things, then this will be super easy for them!

How to make it:

Start by cutting the pipe cleaners into six legs for your creepy crawly. Then, gently poke each leg into one of the foam leaves to secure the legs. This is a great task for building fine-motor skills which are essential for developing hand strength for writing.

– Life Over C's how to make bug craft with leaves

After that, take your other leaf and cut it in half down the center to create the wings. Apply glue to the underside of each wing and stick it to the first leaf. You will need some patience as you wait for the glue to dry in this step. If your child can’t hold it still for that length of time, you might try putting a book on top of it until it’s dry. Otherwise the wings will fall off as you assemble the rest.

After you have attached the wings glue your pom pom to the end of the leaves and then glue the eyes to the pom pom. For one of our bugs, we used black glitter glue to create the head. That method works okay if you have the patience to wait for it to dry.

– Life Over C's creepy crawly craft

And that’s it. You now have some fun creepy crawlies to accompany your bug learning fun!

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– Life Over C's bug craft for kids create a creepy crawly insect
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. My kids would love to make these! They are always on the hunt for bugs. We have a few buy containers for all their “bug pets”. Thanks for sharing at Made for Kids!

  2. These leaf bugs are adorable! It’s so fun to watch all the creepy crawly things that kids can create! Great fall inspiration!

  3. That is really cute! I love the glitter on the leaf body. Our children would LOVE to make these. We will have to look for the foam leaves.

  4. This is a super cute craft! Great idea to use fall leaves to make the creepy crawlies too!