10 pollinator crafts

Do you love pollinators as much as we do?

Then try out some of our favorite pollinator-themed crafts!

Egg carton butterfly

I saw a funny meme about looking for recipes online and having to click on a post that instead of giving you the list of ingredients instead goes through “When I was senior in college, I walked down the long and misty concrete pathway and across a spring green lawn filled with bright dandelions….” So…

Close-up photo of wiggle caterpillar puppet

Wiggle caterpillar puppet

We have swallowtail caterpillars in our butterfly enclosure and talked in our kids blog this week about how to tell the difference between them and monarch caterpillars, so it seems only fitting to have a caterpillar craft as well. Caterpillars are fun to watch for many reasons, but one of them is to see the…

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Thumbprint bees

One of our volunteers made coffee filter butterflies with her granddaughter, and in exchange, her granddaughter showed her how to make thumbprint bees. We thought they were so cute, we would try them ourselves. And just to make it more exciting, we did a variety of thumbprint invertebrates! All you’ll need is: White paper Washable…

Photo of a caterpillar name craft

Personalized paper caterpillar craft

From microscopic egg to tiny larva to chubby caterpillar to gold-flecked chrysalis to adult monarch butterfly — the majestic monarch’s life cycle is something to behold, especially up close. In honor of part of that amazing metamorphosis, try out this fun caterpillar craft that shows just how much you love pollinators too. (Read about incomplete…

Photo of bee with fingers as legs

Make a bee finger puppet with moving legs

Bees actually have six legs, but when it’s a craft, you can use your imagination right? This fat bumblebee only has two legs, but those two legs actually move, because they are your own fingers! (Make your own bee antenna or try out a pipe cleaner bee!) All you will need for this simple craft is:…

Photo of a bamboo bee home

Make your own bee hotel

You can help native bees by providing them a secure place to nest. What many call bee hotels or bee homes range from simple to deluxe designs. (Mason bees are amazing pollinators.) One way is to drill various-sized holes into a wooden block or tree cookie and hang it in a sheltered area. Another simple…

Photo of a butterfly ornament in a tree

Toilet paper tube butterfly ornaments

My fingers are stained orange like I just ate a bag of Cheetos. At least that’s what naturalist Ashley Hansen said when she looked at me. But it was for a good cause. See, I just spent 10 minutes coloring an empty toilet paper tube orange to make a super fun Christmas tree ornament! All…

Photo of a caterpillar finger puppet

Make your own caterpillar finger puppet

Finger puppets are an incredibly easy craft to make at home, because they need hardly any supplies but create hours — let’s be honest here, minutes — of fun. We’ve made a bee finger puppet on our blog before, and you can download the template on our Five Bee Myths and Truths page, but this…

Photo of a boy with a butterfly mask

Create your own butterfly mask

This mask was the hit craft of the 2017 Bee & Butterfly Festival. Whether you missed the fun or want to make new masks to wear at home, this butterfly mask is the perfect afternoon craft. First, download the butterfly mask template and print it on cardstock or thick construction paper. We used colored cardstock just for…

Create an origami butterfly!

Artist Barbara Tagami has beautiful origami fish and butterflies on display in the eARTh exhibit area at the Dickinson County Nature Center through December. Some of the butterflies she has painted, and they look so life-like you would think they were pinned instead of folded. She held a youth origami class on Saturday, which turned…

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