The magic of Band-Aids

I do not get the fascination my kids have with Band-Aids. They love them! Especially the character ones. In the last two weeks I’ve been through two whole boxes of Cars themed bandages yet neither of my children suffered a wound which actually required a Band-Aid. It used to be that my “treat” for being good in the grocery store was getting to pick out a pack of gum. Now I’m bribing them with boxes of Band-Aids.

It’s gotten to the point where any time either of them obtains the tiniest scratch, bump or fall, the immediate response is, “I need a Band-Aid.” At first I thought it was cute. But now they walk around with all these brightly colored strips attached to their bodies. I’m pretty sure our local grocery store checker is concerned about their well-being. I probably need to find another store.

Oh, and my oldest wore one on his lower leg for so many days that it actually DID make a sore spot on his skin! I had to beg him to take it off in the bath one night so it could heal properly. Uh, I think we have this backwards, people.

So, when I found this craft idea, I knew it was going to be a big win.

Band-Aid Bugs!

To make these cute creatures, you need one box of brightly colored bandages, black construction paper, yellow, white and green crayons, and a black marker.

I put one together ahead of time to show him what they were going to look like. I think this helped things go a little more smoothly than if I had tried to explain with words. “See one. Do one. Teach one,” my mom has always said.

We worked on this right after lunch one day, which is why my youngest is still eating (he’s a turtle when it comes to meal time).

Start by having your youngster draw a moon and some stars on their construction paper using the crayons. Then let them pick out the Band-Aid colors they want to use for their bugs. You’ll need three bandages per bug.

Make an “X” with two of the bandages.

Then put the third bandage down the middle.

For those of you with older kids, make sure and let them open the bandage packages (or, if they’re anything like my son, you really don’t have a choice in the matter). This is good “fine motor skill” building, as they have to really concentrate to grab those two little tabs and gently pull them apart, and then remove the sticker tab covers on the bandage (I’m sure those things have a more scientific name than “sticker tab covers” but that’s all I could come up with at the moment).

Once your Band-Aid bug is in place, take your marker and give it a face!

Then just repeat and repeat for as many bugs and bandages as you have room for.

Then add in any additional stars or draw grass at the bottom, or whatever your little artist desires to do.

The end result is a very cute picture and one very happy little Band-Aid lover. (Notice the strip on his leg?! Ha!!)

Only 71 days to go,

Leslee, the SurvivorMom


P.S. Those of you with girls, you could easily adapt this idea into flowers, too.