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Butterfly Exploration

Posted on 05/20/20 by Amanda in Early Childhood

  

Butterflies provide lots of opportunity for learning. Explore the insect's life cycle, practice patterns and learn about symmetry, plus find ways to take care of butterflies in your yard and neighborhood.

Coffee Filter Butterflies

You'll need:

  • Round coffee filters
  • Markers
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Clothespin or pipe cleaner

Instructions:

  • Color your coffee filter with markers. You can also use liquid watercolor if you have it on hand (just skip with spray bottle part for this)
  • Scrunch up your coffee filter and spray with water. The colors should begin to bleed together, making beautifully colored wings for your butterfly
  • Pinch at middle and secure with clothespin or pipe cleaner
  • You can even decorate the clothespin or use pipe cleaner to make antennae for your butterfly

This is a super fast and fun art project to complete. You could make a few butterflies in just a few minutes! These are gorgeous hung in front of a window so the light shines through the wings. Or make your own mobile from a recycled wire hanger to bring some color into your home!

Butterfly Sensory Bags

You'll need:

  • Sandwich size plastic bags
  • Twist ties or pipe cleaner
  • Paint, glitter, etc.

Instructions:

  • Add a few drops of paint into your bag (this is a fun opportunity to explore color mixing, too!)
  • Tape the zip end and the bottom of the bag to create straight edges for your butterfly wings
  • Squish the paint around a bit and pinch at middle
  • Secure with chosen item (twist tie or pipe cleaner). Clothespins could work, but they may not hold the butterfly shape as easily.

Leave out to explore. Try with different materials (rice, pom poms, noodles?) and enjoy!

Other activities:

DIY Butterfly Feeder (10 Variations from DIY & Crafts): Find a butterfly feeder that works for your area and with materials you already have on hand. Make sure to keep lots of fruits handy for the fluttering butterflies!

DIY Butterfly Puddler (Kids Gardening): Butterflies need places to rest and drink. Create your own puddler with just a few materials.

Butterfly Matching Game (PreKinders): Practice visual discrimination and work together to identify each butterfly with these free printables. Perhaps you could even map where the different species live!

Chromatography Butterflies (Buggy and Buddy): Extend Mrs. Hattier's chromatography experiment from last week and create butterflies with the technique on coffee filters.


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