Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Butterfly Craft

I wanted to share a cute butterfly craft with all of you that we made this afternoon. It is so simple and fun!!

You need:
*Coffee Filters (we have some when Grandma and Grandpa visit, but you can buy them at a Dollar Store if you don't have any)
*Pipe Cleaners (cut in half)
*Spray Bottle of water (I used the one we have for ironing)
Or you can use water paints and not worry with markers or spray bottle

Fold your coffee filter in half. Let child make designs all over it. Use a bowl and put the designed filter inside, spray with water until all is wet. Open the wet and now marbled filter and lay on a paper towel to dry. If you don't have a water spray bottle, you can use water paints and just paint the whole thing. I used both methods, and the only difference is Gracie had more fun spraying the bottle. Plus, the designs come out symmetrical. (That, and kids get bored having to paint so much--it looks better to be fully covered with color.)

When the filter is dry scrunch the middle (like you would do an accordion fan). Fold your half of a pipe cleaner in half. Put the scrunched filter through the middle. Twist the top of the pipe cleaner to resemble antenna. Fix the wings, and viola! Instant, and adorable butterflies. We made so many, I have no idea where I am going to put them all!!

1 comment:

Grandma said...

Gracie, I love your butterfly! I'm sure you now have a beautiful "butterfly house".
We love you!