kids & butterflies
CREATIVE MINDS | FAMILY FUN
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'Butterflies' is one of the most-beloved spring themes for kids. Dominik & Filip have recently finished studying butterflies at their preschool and we have incorporated the theme into our home activities. We made Coffee Filter Butterflies and Butterfly Suncatcher Mosaics, we did butterflies mazes and coloring pages, and we read butterfly-related books. We also visited the Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History earlier this year. The boys were thrilled. One morning Dominik sang a self-invented song about butterflies (to the Five Green and Speckled Frogs tune) immediately after waking up. Cute!
Coffee Filter Butterflies
Inspired by the Kaboose Coffee Filter Butterfly
, the boys made this simple but really cute craft using flattened coffee filters, dip and dot paint dotters, chenille stems, and washable kids paint. Filip wouldn't be himself had he not added the finger painting technique!
Dominik presenting his artwork
Butterflies' ceiling landing
Dominik (4) 2012
Filip (2) 2012
Butterfly Suncatcher Mosaics
When I was at elementary school, I loved loved loved making tissue paper suncatcher mosaics. And, to my own surprise, I was quite good at it! In fact, several of my classmates asked me to make suncatchers for them. Naturally, I used different designs but the same technique. I wonder if the teacher knew...:).
Making this craft with Dominik & Filip was so much fun! First, I printed a simple butterfly template on craft paper in two colors. Dominik requested brown and Filip chose pink. I drew a line around each butterfly and cut out half-an-inch frames. I attached clear contact paper to the frames and gave them to the boys. Their job was to cut out small pieces of colorful tissue paper and stick them onto the contact paper. Dominik added a twist to the process: he counted every single piece of tissue he attached to his mosaic. 62 was the number. In fact, this kept him going. He is definitely more of a scientist than a patient artist!
After the boys were done with cutting and pasting the tissue paper, I attached clear contact paper on the other side of the design. Shortly after, the butterflies landed on the kitchen window. They turned out really great!
School Crafts, Coloring Pages & More
At school, Filip learned The Fuzzy Caterpillar
song (sang to the tune of Itsy Bitsy Spider),
made butterfly and caterpillar crafts, and read Bob and Otto
as well as The Crunching Munching Caterpillar
. Dominik's class did a general insect theme. He loved the Insect Song
and he learned the stages of butterfly growth. At home we also did a few coloring pages and mazes.
Filip (2) @ PNS 2012
Filip (2) @ PNS 2012
Our Butterfly Craftboard
This is our Kaboodle Butterfly Craftboard featuring most of the items we used as well as some additional butterfly crafting ideas.