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Clothespin Bugs

Clothespin bugs add a touch of whimsy to yoga class, as children switch gears and work on their fine motor skills.

A class favorite, as it can be made easier for younger children, and more complicated as children get older!

Here are some fun ways to make this project ability and age-appropriate for children in preschool, all the way up to early elementary grades.

What you need:

  • Standard-sized clothes pins
  • Pom poms (1/4 inch works great!)
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners (for children with well-developed fine motor skills)

How to have fun with children of different ages and abilities:

  • For children who are still in the early stages of developing their fine motor skills, start with the caterpillar. Children can practice using small dots of glue, putting pom poms in place, and creating color patterns!
  • As children look for more of a challenge, begin to introduce the pipe cleaner wings. Creating wings poses new ways of looking for symmetry! It’s easiest to add the wings after the glue has dried the pom poms in place.
  • For the next step, inspire kids to get creative with colors and shapes, as they experiment with the different types of bugs they can make!

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