3 easy butterfly crafts for kids to make, and a lesson in water absorption!
I love that the internet is finally starting to fill up with spring crafts for kids. Flowers and rainbows and butterfly crafts are filling my newsfeed, and I am loving all the COLOUR!
Today I’m sharing 3 butterfly craft ideas with you! We’ve used one of our favourite water absorption activities to make our butterflies’ wings. Have a look at what we’ve used to make our butterfly bodies, and choose the project that works for you!
I love that this activity is jam-packed with so much learning. It’s a fine motor activity, a science lesson, an art project and a spring craft all-in-one!
Supplies for making paper towel butterflies:
- food colouring or liquid water colours
- paper towels
- an ice-cube tray (or individual bowls)
- instruments for dropping the coloured water (paint brushes, droppers etc.)
I mixed up my food colouring and water and filled an ice-cube tray so the Hooligans would have a variety of colours to work with. You can also use liquid water colours for this type of project. The Chocolate Muffin Tree demonstrates them here, and or you can make some of your own, like the ones we made with our dried up markers!
A preschool science activity: water absorption:
Each child received a paper towel, and I set out a variety of instruments for them to transfer the coloured water to their paper towels: stir-sticks, pipettes/droppers and paint brushes.
*If you’re using food colouring, protect your work surface vinyl table-cloth or an old towel.
The hooligans dropped, dabbed, and tapped until their paper towels and completely covered with dots of colour. During this part of the process, you and your child can observe and discuss colour-mixing, absorption and saturation.
When our paper towels were completely soaked, we placed some by the fire to dry. You can speed up the drying process with a hairdryer too!
3 Easy Butterfly Crafts for Kids:
For the body of your butterfly, you have a few options to choose from:
- two bendy-straws
- a pipe cleaner
- a twist tie
Gather your paper towel, scrunching it together in the middle, to form your “wings”.
For the twist tie and pipe cleaner butterflies, simply wrap your twist tie or pipe cleaner around the middle of the wings, twist to secure, and shape the antennae.
For the bendy-straw butterfly, stick the straws together with some tape or hot glue, and use a twist tie to secure the wings to the straws.
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Wouldn’t these be cute hanging in a sunny window?
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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. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.