A Bug’s Life

The next movie night we had was A Bug’s Life! This night wasn’t quite as easy to find everything at the dollar store but it was still very inexpensive, quick and simple.

For the snack, we did the offering pile the ants leave for the grass-hoppers. I went to Home Outfitters and got a little leaf shaped bowl for a couple of dollars and filled it with strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries and sunflower seeds. Because of my daughter’s allergies, the only soy, nut-free sunflower seeds we have been able to find are the “Spitz” brand of seeds so if you are in the same boat, give yourself some time to hull them (like an hour!).

For the craft (which I found inspiration for here), you’ll need water colour paint and paper, brushes, white glue and a butterfly shaped punch. I got the punch at Michael’s and it was a bit pricey but if you go in with one of their 50% off coupons it should be fine. I’d recommend getting the larger punch too, more expensive but a little less fiddly and they would probably look more like butterflies from a distance. Everything else you can find at the dollar store. To do the craft, get your child to paint two pages, a background and foreground in different or contrasting colours. Then they punch the butterfly shapes out of the foreground paper. They fold the butterflies in half a bit to stand up better and then glue to the background with a tiny daub of white glue. The original site suggested a canvas with acrylics as the background, and hot glue to attach the butterflies but this was just easier and quicker for us. My daughter loved hers, now I just need to go and and get a shadow box frame for it for her room!

4 thoughts on “A Bug’s Life

    • Me too!

      Flik: Here, pretend – pretend that that’s a seed.
      Dot: It’s a rock.
      Flik: Oh, I know it’s a rock, I know. But let’s just pretend for a minute that it’s a seed, alright? We’ll just use our imaginations. Now, now do you see our tree? Everything that made that giant tree is already contained inside this tiny little seed. All it needs is some time, a little bit of sunshine and rain, and voilá!
      Dot: This rock will be a tree?
      Flik: Seed to tree. You’ve gotta work with me, here. Alright? Okay. Now, y-you might not feel like you can do much now, but that’s just because, well, you’re not a tree yet. You just have to give yourself some time. You’re still a seed.
      Dot: But it’s a rock.
      Flik: [shouting] I know it’s a rock! Don’t you think I know a rock when I see a rock? I’ve spent a lot of time around rocks!
      Dot: You’re weird, but I like you.

      Thanks for reading!

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