Oatmeal Container Craft – The Bug Hotel
I have had an oatmeal container sitting on the counter for about a week now. I knew I wanted to do some kind of craft with the boys with it, but wasn’t sure what. I got the idea for a bug hotel when I found out that Big I’s class was going to be studying bugs.
All I did was remove the paper wrapping from the oatmeal container and then cut a descent sized hole for viewing. Then I took some plastic mesh that was actually from a bucket and shovel playset (thanks to the guy at Michael’s who cut it off for me and gave it to me free). I taped that on the inside to cover the hole.
The boys decorated the front and back with a little help from me. I know, I know, you can’t figure out which they drew and which I did! I never claimed to be an artist!!
I used the piece that I cut out as a stand. I cut two “legs” in the back to keep it from rolling. It works great!
That’s it! The boys love it. Big I actually took it to school today for sharing. (I was so proud, lol.) We do have a few rules that go along with using the bug catcher. First and foremost, if there is a bug staying in the hotel, it does not, under any circumstances, come inside the house. Second, the bug hotel is just a day hotel. Bugs do not stay in overnight. I actually don’t think our mesh will hold them in for very long anyway.
What craft ideas have you done with oatmeal cartons? We have a few more that I need ideas for!
Entry filed under: Kids crafts.