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A birthday party theme that will have kids swarming to your backyard

Creepy crawlers are an endless source of amusement for kids, and summer is a time for bug fans to rejoice — spiders are spinning glittery webs, butterflies are fluttering, and fireflies are ready for the catching. Is your backyard begging to be turned into a wonderland of bug-filled fun? Heck yes it is!  Here are some fun ideas for an easy breezy bug party.

Egg Carton Bug Eye Specs Craft

Cut egg cartons into pairs of cups, and cut the bottom out of each one so kids can see through them. Attach pipe cleaners to hook around their ears like glasses. Decorate with sticky-out pipe cleaners, feathers or glitter. These look even better with a dandelion crown.

Wearable Paper Plate Wings

Turn a couple paper plates into a sweet set of wings each of your guests can make, decorate and wear. Maker Wama shows how. You can make them as simple or elaborate as you want to by adjusting the amount of layers you add. This will depend on the dexterity of your petit guests. To decorate, give each kid an eye dropper and set out several colors of paint. Have them randomly drop different colors on one side of the wings, then fold in half and press down. Open it up to reveal a funky wing span.

Fireflies In A Jar

For a fun and easy craft kids can take home with them, cut a glow stick in half and pour the contents into a mason jar full of water. Add some sparkly glitter, shake it up, and you have a jar o’ fireflies, without the toil of catching any winged critters.

Tricks and Treats Bug Dig 

A proper bug party should have an opportunity for kids to get their hands dirty. Fill a few big buckets with sand or dirt and hide rubber creepy crawlies, packs of bug fruit snacks, plastic dinosaurs and other trinkets in the sand. Give each kid a bug net and a plastic shovel, and let them dig away for fun findings they can keep. The bug eye glasses will enhance this experience by giving diggers super-bug vision.

DIY Dirt Cups Bar

This is an interactive birthday cake alternative kids will totally dig. Bonus: they’re also a heck of  a lot easier to prepare.

How to make them:

2 cups milk

1 (4 serving) box of chocolate instant pudding mix

1 tub of frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 cup Oreo cookie crumbs

Assorted gummy worms, gummy frogs, sunflower seeds, and mint sprigs. (Set them out in mini bug nets or flower pots so kids can decorate.)

Prepare pudding according to box directions. Gently fold in whipped topping until combined.

Place a heaping spoonful of cookie crumbs into the bottom of each glass or cup.  Fill most of the glass or cup with the pudding mixture.  Top with another spoonful of cookie crumbs.  You can use a straw to poke a hole in the top of the dirt to help make a space to insert the end of the gummy worms. Stash in the fridge.  Makes 8-10 dirt cups.

Note: If your kid is more of a vanilla fan, you can make these into sand cups with vanilla pudding and crushed Nilla wafers. Equally as creepy and delicious.

Multi-Coloured Bug Juice

Bug digging and wing crafting require some serious hydration. Make a few trays of different coloured Kool-aid ice cubes, putting a gummy worm in each cube before sticking it in the freezer. After their frozen, put a few different colours into clear plastic cups, and pour soda water over. As the drink melts, the drink changes colour and the gummy worm breaks free!

Other Fun Bug Bites: 

Mini donut “worm holes”

Swamp egg bubble tea

Tea sandwiches cut into bug shapes with cookie cutters

Grapes threaded onto skewers, caterpillar style

Jell-O cubes with bug gummies lurking inside

Photo by cayusastarlightskendra kapturespiratejohnny via Flickr. 

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