Making a Clothespin Click Beetle

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September 26, 2016

colorful clothespin beetleThis beetle is fun for kids to make after reading Eric Carle's, The Very Clumsy Click Beetle". They will have a blast getting the beetle back onto its "feet".


Total Time: 5-20 minutes, depending on how long it takes to decorate!

Yield: 1+

Source: The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle & Preschool Creative Learning


Clothespin Click Beetle

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  1. Using heavy cardstock or poster board, trace and cut out an oval shape about 4 inches long and 2.5 inches wide. It does not need to be exact if you would rather draw the oval!
  2. Clothespin Click Beetle
    Clothespin Click Beetle

  3. Decorate one side of the oval with markers, crayons, glitter, etc.
  4. Clothespin Click Beetle
  5. Hot glue wiggle eyes on the head side.
  6. Clothespin Click Beetle
  7. Hot glue a clothespin on the belly of the beetle. (The side not decorated.) And make sure the part of the clothespin you squeeze is on the 'butt' end.
  8. Clothespin Click Beetle
    Clothespin Click Beetle
  9. Once the glue is dry, place the beetle belly side up, with the clothespin on a firm surface. The floor works really well! Take one or two fingers and press the clothespin (through the oval beetle) on the side you usually squeeze.
  10. Clothespin Click Beetle

  11. Quickly lift your finger(s) up after pressing the clothespin down. The beetle will jump and flip in the air, usually landing back on its "feet".
  12. Clothespin Click Beetle
    Clothespin Click Beetle

To see steps 5 & 6 in action, check out the video I made, at this link:

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