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Beetle Bugs Game

You'll need a piece of paper, pen or pencil, and die for each person playing this game. Because it's based on luck, even younger children can play.

What you will be doing is rolling a die and trying to get the following numbers.

  • A six. You must roll a six before you can begin. A six is the beetle's body. Draw a body for your beetle. Any shape, any kind, any variety! We stretch it and draw bugs. There is one body, so future "six" rolls don't count.
  • A five. A five is the beetle's head, and it must be put on the beetle before the antennae can be put on. There is one head, so future "five" rolls don't count.
  • A two. This is an antenna. You can't put on an antenna until you have rolled a five. There are two antenna. After you roll this twice, future "two" rolls don't count.
  • A four. A four is a wing. You can't put on a wing until you have rolled a six. There are two wings. After you roll this twice, future "four" rolls don't count.
  • A one. A one is an eye. You can't put on an eye until you have rolled a five. There are two eyes. After you roll this twice, future "one" rolls don't count.
  • A three. A three is a leg. You can't put on a leg until you have rolled a six. There are six legs. Typically, you will be left trying to get these on last.
  • Whoever creates a whole beetle first is the winner. But let each player finish his or her bug if s/he wants to (sometimes they're fun to leave partially finished, too). It adds a whole bunch to this simple game to see what players come up with!

    Says:

    This is such a fun game to play, especially if you take it from simple to more interesting by putting creativity into the mix. The typical game just has you draw a standard beetle, but it's made even more exciting by coming up with little plays on words, like drawing one of the Beatles as a bug, drawing a humbug, baybeetle (a baby beetle), or just doing something else that gets everyone chuckling.

    Have fun!

    Providing crafts since October 2011. Beetle instructions put online in February 2013. Copyright 2011- and all contents by Millie. Resulting products can only be kept or given away as gifts. Always keep safety in mind.