Making a Clothespin Click Beetle

This 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


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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. Decorate one side of the oval with markers, crayons, glitter, etc.
  3. Hot glue wiggle eyes on the head side.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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".

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

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