Butterfly Art

Take a piece of white construction paper and trace the child’s feet. Then fold the paper in half. Place a few drops of paint in the fold and fold the paper again, making sure to get the paint evenly over both folded sides.

To make giant butterflies-fold very large pieces of paper in half…fill squeeze/sauce bottles with liquid paint (reasonably thick) Let several children squeeze paint onto one side of paper, then fold and all squish! Cut out as butterfly shape.

Makes butterflies as big as your paper and is a great cooperative/team activity.


Caterpillar: supplies needed: popsicle stick, 8 mini pompom balls (colorful ones), glue, googley eyes.

Each child gets a stick and glues pompoms onto it in a row. then glues two eyes at one end.

Butter fly: supplies needed: coffee filters, food coloring, water containers, eye droppers, pipe cleaners.

twist pipe cleaners around middle of the coffee filter to pinch it together and make butterflies.

fill small containers with colored water, use droppers to drip the color onto the coffee filter till it is colorful. let it dry.

Science: you’ll need a empty toilet paper roll or paper towel roll. Stuff your coffee filter butter fly into the tube then talk about how a caterpillar eats and eats, cocoons itself into the roll then as you push it thru the butterfly pops out the other end. Use the story Eric Carr’s “Very Hungry caterpillar” to make this activity even more enjoyable.

I used real food and reenacted the story at home. My kids ate the food each time and wanted more! Great for snack time too!

Ziplock Bag Butterflies

Partially fill a snack size bag with small torn ( or for cutting practice-let them cut up small pieces of paper) pieces of construction paper. Add in some sequins and/or glitter and zip shut. Tie around the middle with a pipe cleaner, dividing it into wings. Very cute hung from ceiling.

Sun Catcher Butterflies – Cut out a symmetrical butterfly shape. Children use a hole puncher to make holes in the wings. The child glues scraps of tissue paper to the back of the butterfly. Hang in the window.

Butterfly art project:
Use small snack/individual size candy bags for a body. (example: the mini size you hand out at Halloween, m-n-ms, skittles, etc.) Glue a popsicle stick to the back, for students to hold on to/fly their butterflies.
Use a pipe cleaner to “scrunch”, (twist), the middle of the bag together, forming the wings, and curl the leftover pipe cleaner at the tops for antennas.
Add small wiggle eyes on the front of your butterfly.

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