Chirping Cricket

Kids will have a leapin' good time making their crickets chirp.

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What You Need:

Chirp along with this cricket the kids can make all by themselves.
  • Cardboard tube
  • Scissors
  • Green acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Craft foam scraps
  • Craft sticks
  • Chenille stem
  • Emery board
  • Paper punch
  • 2 pom-poms
  • 2 wiggly eyes
  • Thick, white crafts glue
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Instructions:

1. Download the free pattern for this project. (Downloading requires Adobe Acrobat software.)

Cricket leg pattern

Download Adobe Acrobat

2. Cut off a diagonal wedge from one end of the tube to shape the tail. Cut a mouth shape on the bottom of the other end of the tube. Paint the tube green and let it dry.

3. Use patterns to cut a pair of back legs and arms out of craft foam. Glue the arms under the cricket behind the mouth. Glue the legs to each side of the tube in front of the tail. Glue an emery board or notched craft stick to the cricket's legs.

4. Punch two holes on top of the tube for antennae. Fold the chenille stem in half and thread the ends through the holes. Glue the pom-poms to the tube rim. Glue wiggly eyes to the pom-poms. To make the cricket chirp, rub a craft stick across the textured surface on the legs.

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