|Take a 9” x 12” piece of light weight construction paper (or typing paper) and fold it in-half.
|Next, starting at the fold, fold up ½ inch.
|Now draw ½ of a butterfly on the folded sheet of paper.
|Cut out the butterfly.
|There should be a folded part that hangs down under the butterfly.
|Let your child decorate her butterfly, however she likes with crayons or marking pens.
|Show your child how to hold the butterfly by the bottom ridge and by moving her hand up and down, make the butterfly flap it’s wings.
HAND PRINT BUTTERFLIES - can be found on the Hand Art page.
There is a really fun and easy way for your child to make a butterfly.
|First, cut out two small cardboard hearts.
|Give them to your child and show him how
to lay the hearts on the table with their pointed ends touching.
(You may want to roll tape and place it under each heart to
hold it in place.)
| Next, give him a piece of paper to place
over the hearts and an unwrapped crayon.
|Show him how to lay the crayon sideways
and use it to rub over the paper on top of the hearts.
| Voila! A butterfly will appear.
COFFEE FILTER BUTTERFLIES
| Give your child a coffee filter and some marking pens.
|First, have her wet the coffee filter.
| Next, have her use marking pens to decorate the filter.
|When it has dried, give her a chenille and have her pleat
the filter together and wrap the chenille around the middle.
| You can cut off the rest of the chenille (be sure to leave
some antennas sticking out the top) - or she can leave the rest
of the chenille on and use it to make her butterfly fly up and
INK BLOT BUTTERFLIES
|Give your child a piece of white paper and
set out some small jars of food coloring.
| Have him fold the paper in half and then
open it up again.
|Take the lid off one bottle of the food
coloring and let him put one drop of coloring on one side of
his paper. Repeat with the other colors.
| Then have him fold the clean side of his
paper on top of the painted side and rub his hand across the
top of the paper. Open paper to dry.
|When the paper is dry, fold it again and
cut out half of a butterfly shape.
CAUTION: Food coloring can stain hands and countertops.
Be sure to place a piece of newspaper under the white paper and have
your child only put one drop of each color of dye on his paper. You
can use regular tempera paint for this activity if you have it available.