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Cicadas Surprise Summer Craft

Cicada Surprise Summer Craft

Kathy Beymer Bright MindBY KATHY BEYMER
  Merriment Design


Start off summer with my cute cicadas craft activity for kids!

This easy print, cut, and glue activity is great for elementary age and preschoolers. Kids can choose to make cicadas in their choice of Astrobrights colors, then play pretend with their cicada friends or glue them onto paper to make wall art. And they can look up some fun facts about these incredible insects.

I find that people tend to fall into two general cicada camps: one camp thinks they’re ugly and the other camp (like me) thinks they’re pretty cool. I mean sure, cicadas aren’t traditionally cute but not every insect can be like a ladybug, right?

We decided to make bright green, freshly-molted annual cicadas and periodical Brood X black and orange cicadas with Rocket Red™ eyes. I picture these little folks living a dark, 17-year life underground and then emerging ready to par-tay! So I thought it would be cute to make them some party hats, party blowers, and balloons to celebrate their arrival. You can decorate party hats with paper scraps or markers and even choose to create your own paper dress-up clothes and accessories. I love hearing cicadas singing so I made them some musical notes, too.

This easy paper summer craft activity for kids takes just a few craft supplies. Grab the kids and make my cheerful cicadas using Astrobrights Paper.

Cicada Craft Supplies


  • Kathy’s cicadas craft printable template (PDF)
  • Astrobrights cardstock paper in Rocket Red™, Orbit Orange™, Eclipse Black™, Martian Green™, Vulcan Green™ and Sunburst Yellow™ plus optional Lunar Blue™, Pulsar Pink™, Stardust White™ and Sunburst Yellow™ for party hats, blowers, and balloons
  • Paper scissors
  • Glue stick or school glue
  • Optional craft knife and self-healing cutting mat for musical notes details 

Step 1: Print my cicada templates onto Astrobrights cardstock paper: 17-year cicadas on Eclipse Black™, Orbit Orange™ and Rocket Red™ and annual cicadas on Martian Green™, Vulcan Green™ and Sunburst Yellow™.

Cicada Template

Step 2: Cut out cicada pieces: head, thorax/abdomen, veined wings, jointed legs, and compound eyes. Each template includes one left-facing and one right-facing cicada. Cut two thin slivers from scrap paper for antennae.

Step 3: Glue cicada pieces together using a glue stick or school glue.

Cicada Template

Step 4: Cut out optional party supplies: hats, party blowers, balloons and musical notes. Use a craft knife and self-healing mat for small details.

Step 5: Glue hats pieces together.

Cicada Party Time

Step 6: Play dress-up with your cicadas, hang them on the wall as artwork, or use them to learn about the parts of a cicada.

Cicada Surprise Summer Activity

I hope that you enjoy making my cute cicadas craft this summer!