Google+ Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas: Clicking & Flipping Fun w/The Very Clumsy Click Beetle

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Clicking & Flipping Fun w/The Very Clumsy Click Beetle

During our Eric Carle themed week we read The Very Clumsy Click Beetle (this would also go with a bug/insect theme). This was another Eric Carle book I had not yet read with the Lil Divas but was anxious to expose them to. Why? I love the simple and straight forward message of the story about not giving up - to keep working, trying and practicing and you will succeed. :)

I also had plans of making our own fun & interactive click beetles - I just knew they would be a hit with the Lil Divas and I was right!

Craft: Easy & Fun Clicking & Flipping Click Beetles

What You Need:
white oval template tracer for older children or cut-out for younger children
markers/crayons/colored pencils for decorating
Tacky Glue
wooden clothspin
wiggly eyes

What To Do:
1. Have child trace oval shape onto white paper - for younger child you can either assist or do this step yourself

2. Decorate oval (click beetle's body) as desired

3. cut-out shape - this is great fine-motor practice!

4. Add wiggly eyes using tacky glue (or use a glue gun). This helps to ensure they will not fly off during all your flipping fun! Of course, you can just draw them on but we LOVE our wiggly eyes.

5. Attach wooden clothspin to underside of click bettle/oval. The closer to the edge of the body the easier it is to click & flip - we learned this the hard way when my youngest was adamant about having hers more in the middle & it is harder to flip - though it does still work!

6. Have fun clicking & flipping your click beetles! The Lil Divas enjoyed doing this along with the click beetle in the story as we re-read the book.

*Just as in the story - sometimes the click beetle lands on his back and other times he lands on his feet!*

Linking to STartSharing Time,  Get Crafty,  Read, Explore, Learn , For the Kids Friday,  Preschool CornerFeed Me Books Friday  , Fun for Kids Friday , It's Playtime , Made by Little Hands Monday Creative Juice Thursday and Monday Playdate.

P.S. Be sure to add your Eric Carle themed ideas to the linky:


  1. this is such a great idea! I love it and I'm going to do this with the kids for sure! thanks for sharing! (and for adding my Brown Bear Linky here too!)

  2. I would love if you would share it at our Weekly Playdate~ a kid and family themed link party...

    Come & Play :: Playdate

  3. Ooooh what another fun idea! love it!! These go so well with your lady birds from the other week. Clever lady!

    Thank you for linking up to Kids Get Crafty :-)


  4. What a cute project. I will have to try this when my little one is bigger. I am your newest follower. Please come over and visit me at

  5. This looks likes loads of fun!

    This counts as an entry in the July edition of Read.Explore.Learn.'s Summer Reading Challenge.

  6. I love how well this works with the story. This would be a huge hit at our house, too. Thanks for the idea! (I'm visiting from the Read.Explore.Learn Summer Reading Challenge.)

  7. So fun! I like this idea a lot. I always love book inspired art. fun that it flips over for a game. I am sharing this today on facebook. What a fun idea. Also thanks again for participating at

  8. I love Eric Carle books and this craft turned out so cute! So fun that they even click and flip! One I will have to do with my daughter when she gets older!

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