Is there anything more magical than a butterfly to a child?
My kids have seen tons of them, but they still gasp, point, yell “Butterfly!” and the chase is on – every time!
Now that spring is upon us and the sun is out, I just had to pull out one of my favorite crafts.
It is an easy, simple butterfly craft that kids of all ages can do!
We don’t normally repeat crafts, but we have done this one 3-4 times and all my kids still love it.
It is perfect for spring time crafting, letter of the week crafts, or just for fun!
My first reason is that it is actually for kids! So many crafts I see are way too intricate and complicated for a kid to actually do. Mom or teacher ends up doing a good amount of it – and the kid knows it.
It’s hard to be proud of something if your mom is really the one that made it.
The second reason is that it is really difficult to screw this craft up. Until you unfold the butterfly, you really don’t know what you’re going to get. My preschooler actually made one of the most beautiful butterflies!
The third and most important reason is that I almost always have all the supplies on hand. No weird things I need to run out and get.
It is such a pain to have an idea to do a craft and realize that you need a special color of pipe cleaner or some other random thing.
Art, science, and math often go hand in hand.
This butterfly craft is a wonderful way to introduce and explain the c0ncept of symmetry to kids!
Don’t miss the chance to explain this c0ncept as they are painting and unfolding their butterflies!
***Don’t rush your children, but tell them that the longer they take to paint, the more the paint has time to dry, and it won’t transfer over to the other side of the wings well.
****There is a huge chance that paint will ooze out from the butterfly during this step. Be sure to do this on a durable surface or put a trash bag/scrap paper underneath your butterfly.
****If the paint did not perfectly transfer over, maybe encourage your child to use a small paint brush to fill in the gaps of their butterfly craft.
Here are a few pictures of the butterflies we made:
My preschooler made the butterfly below! She was so proud of her colorful creation!
Well there you have it! An easy butterfly craft that your kids can actually do!
There is no doubt it will turn out beautifully.
There is a convenient tie in with math – hello symmetry!
All your kids will want to make it.
And you likely have all the supplies already!
It’s a homeschool mom’s dream:)
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