Paper Plate Bugs

I just love using paper plates as a base for crafting. They are so cheap – and versatile! My son (26m) has recently started to take a great interest in bugs; always crouching down outside to watch a little ant go about its business. So here are some paper plate bugs that we made together to help him learn more about these little creatures.  

I used a yellow plate and stuck tape to it in vertical stripes.

Then I gave F the plate and some black paint (we used two types – regular black paint and also black glitter paint). He pretty much covered the plate in black paint. 

Once the paint had dried I carefully removed the tape. The stripes weren’t perfect, but that didn’t matter at all. I glued on a googly eye and cut out some wings from a black organza jewelry bag. 


Although I am from the UK where we say “ladybird”, I am a complete convert to saying ladybug! We made these from red paper plates, but you could always use white plates and paint them red if you need to.

I made this activity all about copying form, so I made my ladybug first. Then I gave F all the pieces to make his own, with glue dots added to his red plate in the relevant places.

First he added all the spots, then last added the “head”.


We then did some number practice as we counted all the spots.

I had made this pretty easy for F by placing the glue dots in the correct position – next time I’ll get him to apply his own glue!


Butterfly and Snail

During a recent painting session we used white paper plates as paint trays. I kept them and turned them into bugs.

For the butterfly I cut one of the painted plates in half, cut each half into wing shapes, and glued them to a body shape cut from construction paper.

For the snail I kept the plate whole, and glued on a piece of card for the body. Then I drew features onto the body and shell.


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"Georgina is the founder and editor of Craftulate, writing about crafts and activities suitable for toddlers and young children. She started crafting with her son when he was one year old, and is constantly finding new and exciting ways to keep him interested. Georgina also loves papercraft, sewing, cooking, and isn't opposed to the odd glass of wine."


  1. Angela says:

    These simple crafts are my favorite! It looks like someone was having a whole lot of fun.

  2. These are awesome ideas. I think we are definitely going to have to get out the paper plates this weekend and try making some bugs!

  3. Love, love, love these! I do a toddler story time once a month and these would be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What awesome ideas! I love how no two will come out alike. Great rainy day activity too!

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