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Buzzy Bees and Happy Hummingbirds – animal crafts
These Buzzy Bees and Happy Hummingbirds are the perfect accessory for your flower pots, windows or vases! Suitable for ages 5 to 7 years old. Read the simple instructions below to get started:
Art materials you will need:
- Plastic bags
- Masking tape or sticky tape
- Coloured tissue paper
- Pipe cleaners
- PVA glue
- A glue brush
- Thin garden sticks or skewers
- Thin white card
- Gems and googly eyes
Instructions for your Buzzy Bees:
- Make an oval body from a plastic bag in the same way as the hummingbird. Tear some strips of yellow tissue paper. Brush glue over the body then stick the strips down.
- Paste black tissue paper strips around the bee’s body. Brush over the surface of the body with more glue to smooth down the tissue paper.
- Make 2 holes in the top of the body with a pointed pair of scissors or a small knitting needle. Dip the ends of 2 pipe cleaner pieces into glue then push into the holes for the antennae.
- Draw a pair of wings (5-6cm in length) on a piece of thin folded card. Cut out the wings, keeping the folded edge at the bottom. Glue along the folded edge and stick the wings onto the bee’s body so they stand up. Glue 2 wiggly eyes under the antennae.
Instructions for your Happy Hummingbirds:
- To make the body for a hummingbird, scrunch up a thin plastic bag into a ball then tape it onto the end of a wooden stick. Wrap more masking tape or sticky tape around the ball to make it into an oval shape
- To make the beak, bend a pipe cleaner in half, twist to make the pipe cleaner thicker then tape one end to the body with strips of masking tape.
- Tear some strips of coloured tissue paper. Brush glue over the body and beak then stick down the tissue strips. Brush the tissue with more glue to smooth it down. Leave to dry.
- Make 2 holes in the sides of the body with a pointed pair of scissors or a small knitting needle. Dip the ends of 2 coloured feathers into glue then push into the holes for the wings. Stick 2 eyes above the beak
Hints and Tips: You could also make the body shapes from bubble wrap or a sheet of tissue paper.
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