Bug Craft for Kids: Ant Spoons Spring Craft Tutorial

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I wanted to share this fun “Ant Spoons” bug craft for kids because it’s just so darn creative and fun to make! You can make these for pretend picnics, parties, math lessons, and pretty much any other reason you want a fun ant craft! Below are the simple directions for this kid’s craft.

kids ant bug insect craft

Spring time is ALWAYS a crazy time of year for my family with my boys both having birthdays, spring break travels, blogging of course, and wrapping up all of the rest of the school year and everything that comes with that. When my son was little we had an epic bug birthday party where I taped a green tablecloth up on the wall and glued these ant spoons all over it! It was simple to make and a HUGE hit!

Ant Spoon Craft Materials:

hot glue gun
red plastic spoons
googly eyes
black pipe cleaners

bug craft for kids supplies

I preferred the big googly eyes for this craft but you can create it any way you want! You’ll need at least 5-6 black pipe cleaners for each ant you are creating so make sure to plan on that when purchasing your supplies! You can get all of these supplies at the dollar store too!

red spoons for kids ant bug craft

Flip your red plastic spoons over and use your hot glue gun to glue the handles together like you see above. The hot glue dries pretty immediately so by the time I had finished glueing all of my spoon pairs together I was ready to move on to the next step. If you’re prepping this activity for a class then I recommend pre-hot glueing the spoons together, then letting the kids finish the rest!

red spoons with black pipe cleaners bug craft

Wrap black pipe cleaners around the “handles” of the spoon (or the body of the ant!). Although it doesn’t look like it I needed 2-3 pipe cleaners per ant just for this! This black section will be the “body” or thorax of the ant if you’re going for anatomically correct!

ant spoons bug craft for kids

Glue on your google eyes and you’re almost done! If you’re with a group of kids and don’t want to mess with letting glue dry then use Glue Dots!

craft ant spoons

Last you just need the ant legs! Three on each side! You can wrap your black pipe cleaners around the “body”, or if you’re like me and ran out of pipe cleaners you can use hot glue to attach the pipe cleaners on!

army of ant craft for kids

two ants craft for kids

These ants are much more friendly looking than real ants and are great for spring lessons, bugs and insect parties, and more! I actually hot glued these up onto the wall on a tablecloth for a bug party to make it look like there were ants all over the wall and it turned out so cute!

Feel free to pin this for later and share on Facebook! If you loved this idea you’ll love our fuzzy bumblebeesegg carton bugsladybug plate, our list of simple bug crafts, and our insect portfolios!


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  1. Elizabeth Wright says:

    If you’re going to be anatomically correct, spiders have eight legs.

    1. Crystal @ Surviving a Teacher's Salary says:

      Yes you are correct – these are ants so there are 6. 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Wright says:

    I stand corrected! They are ants!!

  3. creativejewishmom/sara says:

    love it! a great recycling craft too. thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  4. Theresa Huse says:

    This is the cutest bug craft idea. Pinned and sharing. Thanks for sharing at the inspiration spotlight party @DearCreatives See you again soon.

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