A paper insect comes to life when it is attached to some flexible wire and bounces from a stick. This toy can be assembled in just a few steps and is made easy with a printable coloring page. My kids enjoyed "bugging" one another with their insects, so you may want to take the finished product outdoors!
You will need:
*printout or drawing of insect
*long wooden dowl
*washi or other colored tape
*copper jewelry wire, medium/light thickness
*spray paint (optional)
Draw a favorite insect (butterfly, dragonfly, ladybug, etc.) or print out from template. Color and cut out.
Spray paint dowl and let dry. I used a lime green color.
Cut off an 18" piece of wire.
Poke a small hole about 1/4" down from the top of the butterfly/dragonfly head. Thread wire through hole and tape down.
Tape a popsicle stick to the backside of paper insect to weigh it down. The butterfly body is shorter, so using scissors, cut off a 1.5" piece from a popsicle stick and tape to backside. Fold insect wings up along popsicle stick. Adjust the wire by bending it where it meets the top of insect.
Wrap wire end near the end tip of dowl and secure with washi tape. Your bug is now ready to "fly"!