There’s just something about rainy days that trigger the blues for me. Grey skies and dark clouds make mama go something-something.
This is the perfect craft for a rainy day!
When we got a dose of spring showers last week, I decided to make these paper butterflies to brighten the place up!
I’m sort of obsessed with butterflies right now.
We’re learning all about *flying creatures this year in science and I’ve completely geeked out on anything that flies! I’m totally fascinated by all the details God has put into the design of the simplest of insects. I was excited about ants last week, ya’ll. Ants! I swear, I don’t even know who I am anymore.
We raised monarch butterflies last summer and I can’t wait until more butterflies come and lay eggs on my milkweed plants. I hope they come back!
In the meantime, these paper butterflies will hold me over.
As much as we like crafts around here, we like simple crafts. These butterflies are so easy! The most un-craftiest person can make them, and it’s a craft that’s good for all ages. It’s simple enough for little ones, but messy enough to keep the big kids engaged.
what you need:
- assorted paint colors
- white art paper (heavy)
- black construction paper
what you do:
1. Fold your craft paper in half.
2. Draw half of a butterfly shape on your paper. Be sure your pattern aligns with the folded side of your paper.
3. Open the paper back up and drop dollops of paint randomly all over one side the paper.
4. Close your paper and gently press the sides together to allow the paint to spread.
5. While your paper is still closed, cut the butterfly out along the pattern you made in step 2. You might get a little paint on your scissors, but just wipe them with a paper towel.
Notice all of my pencil marks from butterflies who didn’t make the cut.
(insert happy pun dance here)
Who cares if the back is ugly. No one will see it.
6. Open up your paper to discover a perfectly symmetrical butterfly!
7. Lay flat to dry.
8. Add a thorax and antennae by cutting out a body shape from black construction paper and glue to the dry butterfly.
What I love about the butterflies is that they sort of curl up a little when they dry creating a 3-D affect. Pretty!
Yes, that’s a science experiment growing in those dishes on my back porch.
learning through crafts:
- Review butterfly anatomy.
- Go on a nature walk and discover which species of butterflies live in your area.
- Talk symmetry! Investigate bilateral symmetry in butterflies and some of God’s other creations-like people!
- Get artsy! Mix primary colors to make secondary colors. Hello, color wheel activity.
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