I like to do this craft at some point during my Spring programming. Anything butterfly related seems to go over very well with the wee ones! There are a few ways you could go with this as far as decorating the butterfly wings. We went with cut out shapes! You could always color, paint, or glitter the wings!
Here’s what you need:
- Paper plate
- Pipe cleaner (any color)
- Cut-out shapes of paper, foam, felt, or whatever else you have!
- Glue stick
For the prep work, you will need to pre-cut the plates. Cut a triangle shape segment on one side of the plate, making sure the stop before the middle and leaving a strip of the plate. Do the exact same thing on the mirror side of your first cut. DON’T DISCARD THE TRIANGULAR PLATE PIECES! Not only is wasting paper plates an act of high treason in some quadrants of the galaxy, the triangular pieces can be used in another great craft (see, Little Red Hen / Chicken Craft)! You want to make sure that you leave enough of a strip in between the cuts so that the pipe cleaner has something to grip on to. See the picture for reference.
The kid’s portion of this craft is pretty straight forward. I like to give each table a good sized pile of mixed shapes. I like to use different materials (paper, cardboard, felt, foam) to expose the kids to different tactile sensations. First have the kids glue the mixed shapes on to the outside of the plate. These will be the wings. Once they are finished, they can take a pipe cleaner and bend it in half around the strip between the wings. If they wrap each strand around the center one time, it is enough to hold the antennae in place. Have the students twist each antennae around a finger to make them curly and springy… Springy, no pun intended! 😉
This craft goes great with:
- Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horáček
- Bonjour, Butterfly by Jane O’Conner