DIY Buzzing Mosquito Craft

It’s time for Poppins Book Nook!  This month’s theme was folktales and we had a great time enjoying Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale by Verna Aardema.

This popular African tale tells the story of how the mosquito came to have a buzz when it flies around.  This fun story captures the imagination and also teaches a lesson about how telling fibs always has consequences.

After reading the book, we watched another version of the story on Tinga Tinga Tales Season 1.

To go along with the story, we decided to make our own mosquitoes.  I had the fun idea to make some that could actually buzz!

To make your own buzzing mosquito, you will need:

  • flexible drinking straws
  • pom poms
  • googly eyes
  • white felt
  • pipe cleaners
  • glue

Start with your straw.  Take two pipe cleaners and wrap them around the straw end to end beginning after the bendy part.

Next use two or three more pipe cleaners to create legs.  Wrap them around the straw and bend to match the crook of a mosquito’s leg.

Trim off some of the back end of the straw (the part away from the bend).  Then cut the tip into a V shape.  Flatten this part by pressing on it with the edge of your scissors. Part the V slightly.

Glue two googly eyes on to your pom pom and then glue the pom pom right above the flexible part of the straw.

Cut two wing shaped pieces from the white felt and glue them to the back of the mosquito.

Allow to dry.  When it is ready, if you blow into the V shaped part, the straw will act like a reed and make a kazoo like buzzing sound!  It can take some practice to get it just right, but when they do, children can have fun flying around their own buzzing mosquito!

A swarm of mosquitoes!


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  1. How cute are those! I bet the kids had a great time with them!

  2. I never thought I would say this about any mosquito, but those are cute! 😉

  3. I almost chose this book too. I love it. 🙂 And even though I hate real mosquitoes, the one you all made were very cute!

  4. I love your mosquito craft, you managed to make mosquitoes cute – way to go! This is such a fun tale!

  5. Not only is the book perfect for the start of summer and all of the buzzing mosquitoes that will descend any day now, but the craft is so stinking cute!
    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!

  6. What a great idea- I bet my kids would love these. Anything that makes noise is a winner in our house.

  7. That is so creative. Most of the things are easy to find and i’m sure kids will love this activity.


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