If you’re looking for butterfly crafts for kids, you’ll find some great ideas here for all ages.
We have easy butterfly crafts for toddlers and preschoolers to make, and some more advanced butterfly art techniques and crafts for elementary kids and tweens. We even have a yummy, easy butterfly snack for preschoolers.
Take a scroll through, and click on the photos or the links below to get the full instructions for the project that interests you. You’re sure to find the perfect butterfly here for your crafty kids to make.
Butterfly Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers:
The first 4 crafts in our collection are geared to toddlers and preschoolers. They’re easy to do and require common supplies that you have around the house.
Paper Towel Butterfly Crafts (3 Ways)
These paper towel butterflies are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. They’ll observe colour blending and water absorption and strengthen their fine motor skills while decorating their butterfly’s wings. We show you three options for making your butterfly bodies. Two of these butterflies don’t require pipe cleaners for the bodies and antennae, so with any luck, you’ll have the supplies on hand to make at least one of these butterflies.
Tissue Paper and Clothespin Butterfly Craft
Our tissue paper and clothespin butterflies are also great for toddlers and preschoolers. We used paint and a fun stamping process to decorate the tissue paper wings for these butterflies. Stamping, crumpling the tissue paper and manipulating the clothespins are all great for strengthening fine motor skill. These butterflies would look lovely strung from the ceiling in a classroom or playroom.
Paper Towel and Clothespin Butterfly Fridge Magnets
Here’s another fun idea! Turn your toddlers paper towel butterfly into a magnet to display on the fridge. It’s super-easy to do using a clothespin, an old fridge magnet and a glue gun.
Toilet Roll Butterflies
These vibrant paper towel butterflies were coloured with liquid watercolours and we’ve used cardboard rolls for the bodies. This one is easy enough for preschoolers, but older kids will love it too. My tweens still love dyeing paper towels with watercolours.
Painted Butterfly Crafts:
These next 3 posts are butterfly art activities which are more suited more to older kids. Younger children can certainly take part in the decorating process, but they’ll need help with the prep. There’s a printable butterfly template in the first two posts if you’d rather not draw your own by hand.
Paper Plate Butterflies – Symmetrical Painting
This classic butterfly art activity is always a big hit with kids. We used paper plates for our butterflies, but you can do this with paper as long as it’s sturdy enough to hold up to being painted. Kids find this art technique fascinating, and I’m always amazed at how a process as simple as this produces such gorgeous results. You could suspend these butterflies from the ceiling or string them into a garland for the classroom.
Butterfly Silhouette Art
If you cut carefully when making the paper plate butterflies above, you can turn the leftovers into beautiful butterfly silhouette art.
Colourful Clay Dough Butterfly Ornaments
We used our easy 3-ingredient clay dough recipe to make these colourful butterfly ornaments. The kids love rolling the warm dough and cutting out their shapes. Once dry, they used liquid watercolours and a black Sharpie marker to decorate their butterflies’ wings.
Monarch Butterfly Crafts
Butterfly crafts aren’t just for spring. In fall, monarch butterflies are plentiful all across North America as they prepare for their winter migration to Mexico. Their vibrant orange and black marking can’t be missed, and are easily replicated in the following coffee filter crafts.
We used liquid watercolours and coffee filters for this monarch butterfly craft. I couldn’t believe how real these monarchs looked when we clipped them to some plants in our garden. You can hang your monarchs individually or turn them into a mobile like we did here.
Painted Coffee Filter Monarch Craft
For these coffee filter monarchs, we’ve used acrylic craft paints to decorate our monarchs’ wings. This allowed the kids to make really detailed designs and markings.
A Lesson in Planning and Design:
Tissue Paper Butterflies for Elementary Kids and Tweens
This butterfly craft involves a classic twisted tissue paper technique to make the colourful wings, but half the fun is in the planning. The older kids in my daycare plan the design for their butterflies, mapping the design out with a pencil. Then they follow their colour map to fill in the design of their butterflies’ wings.
Butterfly Snack for Preschoolers
Our adorable banana butterfly snack is easy to make and perfect for a spring-themed party or for preschoolers to snack on after doing a butterfly craft. If you’re not crazy about your kids having Smarties, there are healthy alternatives for decorating the butterfly wings in the post.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.