Butterflies are essential pollinator friends in our ecosystem that add to the biodiversity of any garden. When it comes to butterfly STEAM, this paper project is one of my favourites because of its simplicity and large scale beauty! These butterflies can stand alone as an art display, or accentuate and enhance any nature themed bulletin board in your school. If you are undertaking a study of butterflies, be sure to plant some butterfly friendly flowering perennials in your school yard. Here is my related post: How To Plant A Butterfly Garden.
First we chose a piece of paper representative of the final size we wanted our butterfly to be and discussed the mathematical concept of symmetry, and the mind boggling feat of intergenerational migration, while studying the many colours and features of butterflies. Once a design was chosen, students sketched out their butterfly and filled in the image using oil pastels.
Next, children were instructed to wad up their artwork into a tight ball which, as you can imagine, brought a range of emotions from delight to terror at scrunching up their beautiful art!
When the paper was smoothed out, the children could see the butterfly now had texture and a sense of 3 dimensionality that was not there before:
The next step was to wash over the artwork with a tempura paint wash in whichever colour the child preferred. The paint resists the oil pastels and dries in a magical way over the crinkled paper, giving the butterfly even more of a life like appearance! Paper towel can be used to dab away any excess paint with a desirable mottled effect.
The art was left to dry for a day or two and then cut out so only the butterfly remained. By attaching on the edges of the butterfly to the bulletin board and pushing the ends together, there is a 3-D effect on the walls:
To support you in your butterfly inquiry, I’ve collected a number of amazing resources from my blogger friends. I hope you find them useful and inspiring!
Check out this quintessential coffee filter butterfly craft by Fire Flies & Mud Pies
These laminated butterflies can live in your garden all summer by Blue Bear Wood
This lovely stained glass butterfly craft can live out in the garden by Here Come The Girls
Try this popsicle stick butterfly craft by Growing Up Gabel
These lovely origami butterflies from Red Ted Art are beautiful
These woven stick butterflies are simply gorgeous by The Craft Train
These butterflies made from loose parts found in the garden are lovely by Mother Natured
These fingerprint butterfly magnets would make a lovely gift for mother’s day by Messy Little Monster
This butterfly sun catcher is gorgeous by Adventure in a Box
Make a butterfly net by The Wise Owl Factory
DIY fairy butterfly wings by What’s Up Fagans
Enjoy hours of fun with this butterfly sensory bin by Living Montessori Now
Make these adorable butterfly peg dolls by Rhythms of Play
Build a butterfly feeder by Share It Science
Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly from Buggy & Buddy
Make these butterfly inspired snacks by Rubber Boots & Elf Shoes
Check out this hands on butterfly symmetry from Mama. Papa. Bubba.
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