Butterfly Crafting

butterfly craft
On Sunday, we decided to give another craft from the Small Hands Creating Hope book (only two days left to donate and get your copy!) a go.
These butterflies (ours are slightly different from the version in the book) were submitted by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots. I especially love the transparent wings!

drawing with sharpies on a laminating sheet
We didn’t have any plastic sheeting available to make wings, so I took a laminating pouch, opened it up, and had the kids color the inside with Sharpie pens. This has the added bonus that the pen ink is permanently enclosed inside the plastic.

four hand-crafted butterflies
Once the laminating pouch was sealed, we cut it into wing shapes, added pipe cleaner bodies and bead eyes, and it was time to play! The kids love that they can slide their fingers between the butterflies’ bodies and wings to easily carry them around:

wearing butterflies
Emma was even inspired to make up a (very quietly sung) butterfly song:


It’s Learning Laboratory Monday! What fun, creative, hands-on learning have you been enjoying? Here are a few favorite posts from last week’s linky:

learning laboratory at mama smiles


    • maryanne says

      Aren’t they pretty? I love the effect of the transparent wings- makes them feel very butterfly-ish to me, somehow.

      I saw transparent-wing butterflies in real life once, in a rain forest in Nicaragua (parents lived there while I was in college). You could see the blue veins in their wings – absolutely stunning.

  1. says

    Oh, I love those. The boys are really into looking for butterflies but we’ve not seen that many this year. Maybe because it’s very dry here? We’ll just have to make some!

  2. K @ Storytime Fun says

    Hi! This is my first visit to your site. I found you on Twitter. :-) So happy to read your post. I love your butterfly craft! Very creative!

    On my blog, Storytime ABC’S, I have several Blog Hops happening. One is a Bugs ABC’S (Activities, Books, Crafts, and Snacks) Blog Hop. I would like to invite you to link your post to the Hop because it is such a fun idea. I think it would fit in perfectly with the other ideas about bugs. I hope you will visit my blog and linkup! You will find the ABC’S Blog Hops in my sidebar or in the blog hop tab at the top of my page here: http://librarystorytimeabcs.blogspot.com

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful and safe 4 th!


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