Make A Butterfly


What you'll need

  • Paper plate
  • Sticky tape
  • Textas, paints, or crayons
  • Scissors
  • Icy pole stick (or  other straight item)
  • Assorted decorating materials

What is the learning in this activity?

Ages: A craft activity for pre-schoolers

Purpose: Supports fine motor skills - holding scissors, brushes, colouring. Supports language—engaging the child in conversation about colours, shapes, metamorphosis (process of changing from a caterpillar to a butterfly)

Let's play

1. Cut paper plate in half

2. Cut middle out with a curved shape. These will be the wings.

3. Sticky tape (at the back of the plates) the 2 halves together

4. Stick the icy pole stick on front

5. Now the best part - decorate!! Use paints, textas, crayons, colored paper, stickers, flowers, glitter  - whatever you have!*  circles cut out of cardboard could be          used instead

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Let's talk 

Qs - How many  wings does the butterfly have ? What is a butterfly and where does it come from? How would you like to decorate your butterfly? What colours and textures would you like to use ?

Extension - Find a story about a butterfly, have a look outside to see if you can find any butterflies, or make up a butterfly dance using scarves for fluttering wings.

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