When the weather's too wet to play outside and you've exhausted your baking repertoire, we've got the crafty ideas you need to while away a few hours with the little ones. And what's more, you don't need an extensive craft kit to get started!

Getting creative with a few bits and pieces you'll find around your house is a super simple, super fun way to keep the children occupied and out of mischief. All you need to create these two bug-tastic crafts is some empty loo roll inner tubes, paper plates, and whatever colourful cards, paints, crayons or felt tips you can lay your hands on. 

Whether you go for a spot of cutting-and-sticking, a full on glitter extraordinaire, or simply a spot of colouring-in, all it takes is a little imagination and you'll have yourself quite the collection of homemade critters in no time. Find out more below, and happy crafting!

(Remember to make sure an adult does any tricking cutting out, and children are supervised)


You will need:

  • Empty toilet roll inner tube
  • Yellow, black and white paper
  • Felt tips
  • Glue
  • Scissors 

On the white paper, draw a pair of wings and cut them out. Next, on the black paper, draw and cut out two antenna and two stripes to fit round the toilet roll.

Wrap the inner tube in the yellow paper and stick it in place. Stick on the stripes, antenna and wings. Draw a large smiley bee face on your remaining paper, cut this out and stick it in place. 

Next up: Why stop at busy-bees! Get creative and see how many different critters you can create. 

Funky Bug Plates

You will need:

  • Paper plates of different sizes if possible
  • Coloured card
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Tissue paper

To make a butterfly shape, stick four smaller plates around a larger plate to create wings.

Next, it's time to get creative! Layer discs of different coloured paper, crumple up tissue paper into stripes, add eyelashes, lips or whatever patterns you wish to your funky bug plate.

You can use coloured pipe cleaners to create the bug's antenna.