Painting Recycled Cardboard Bugs

Do you save interesting recyclables for your kids to use for art and crafts? Me too! If you don’t you should definitely start! We saved these cardboard packaging pieces and were inspired to paint them like bugs!

Painted recycled cardboard is so inspiring for kids! We painted these cardboard packaging pieces like bugs!

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Painting Recycled Cardboard Bugs

My son had a blast painting and decorating these cardboard packaging pieces like bugs! This is a super easy activity for toddlers, preschoolers and big kids alike! And it is completely open-ended which allows for maximum creativity!


Painting recycled cardboard bugs

Set up:

To set up this activity I put together a circle tray of craft supplies for decorating, a jar of paint brushes and an egg carton with tempera paint. We used an old shirt as an art smock and got to painting.

Caden loved exploring how to paint colors mixed together and dripped down the sides of the cardboard.

Once the painting is complete and dry, use the craft supplies to decorate and add details. We used glitter glue to attach googly eyes and pompoms.

Cardboard Bugs

I love these creative cardboard bugs! Each one is unique and would look so colorful crawling up a wall!

We also love this type of open-ended art projects! The child is free to create as they wish and all the while they are working on fine motor skills. While they hold the paintbrush to paint, apply glue and stick on googly eyes, pompoms or stickers they are practicing important skills needed to handwriting! 



It’s good for toddlers and preschoolers to do a variety of fine motor activities. Having different activities help work different fine motor muscles and hand coordination which is necessary for handwriting. Fine Motor Fridays is all about giving you a bunch of ideas to do with your little ones!

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