Butterfly/ caterpillar crafts

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Taking inspiration from butterfly pasta, here are some simple butterfly and caterpillar crafts.  Butterfly paintings are so easy to do, but also very effective.  Its fun to unfold the picture to discover what sort of patterns and colours have been made with the paint.  The caterpillars are good fun to make and play with, plus they find a use for an egg box which would otherwise be thrown away.  Make lots of these characters and use them to decorate the dining room!

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For the butterflies you will need:

several sheets of large paper (ideally A3 but A4 will do)

pots of paint and brushes

pencil

scissors

Method:

1. Fold a large piece of paper in half (so that the crease goes through the long edges) then draw half a butterfly shape at the crease.

2. Cut this shape out and unfold to make a butterfly cut out.

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3. Put some generous blobs of paint on one side of the butterfly (so that there is plenty of paint to go on each side of the butterfly wing).

4. Fold the butterfly in half again (with the paint inside), press down and smooth across the whole wing so that the paint transfers to both sides of the butterfly, then open the sheet up to reveal a pretty picture.  This is a nice way to explore colour mixing and symmetry.

For the caterpillars you will need:

scissors

empty egg box

paints and paintbrushes

glue

goggley eyes

pipe cleaners

Method:

  1. Use scissors to remove the lid from the egg box then cut the base (the bit with all of the egg indentations) in half longways.  Trim so that you have two ‘caterpillar’ bases.
  2. Have fun painting the caterpillars in lots of fun colours.  Dipping fingers into the paint are a good way to create spots.  Leave the caterpillars to dry.
  3. Glue on some goggley eyes and stick some pipe cleaners into the top of the caterpillars head for antennae.  You could curl or bend these to give it some more personality.  Ta Da!

After all that hard work crafting, time to rustle up some Butterfly pasta for tea here.

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20 thoughts on “Butterfly/ caterpillar crafts

  1. I love these, we have done several butterfly and caterpiller crafts in our Activity Hour on the farm last year but totally missed this obvious one! thank you for the idea, I’m pinning for next summer. Popping by from #ToddlerApprovedTuesday but this craft would be perfect for my #Trash2Treasure monthly linky too if you’d care to join me?

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