Coffee Filter Butterfly
We have started spotting butterflies in our yard when we are outside playing and I am so happy that my son still stops what he is doing to watch them flutter by. This is a classic kids craft but by using the colored glue we made and glitter it’s a little special even for a jaded crafter like my son . I like how the colored glue can be seen through the wings and in the window it looks like a sun catcher. My kids had a ball and I think it was a great reminder that classic crafts are classic for a reason.
- Gather your materials. You will need some coffee filters, some colored glue, glitter and pipe cleaners. My kids love the sparkly ones from craftprojectideas.com . Also when we are doing glitter I like to shake it into a bow lid, or other container to keep it a little contained.
- Start by drizzling the glue all over the coffee filter. While my daughter did this my son was playing nearby.
- She loved squeezing the glue and we took the opportunity to talk about colors too.
- Add the glitter! She was tame compared to her brother …. you’ll see what I mean in a bit.
- She was happy with one so I invited my son who wasn’t ready yet. So we played for a while then started the craft. This worked well because I got my daughter engaged so she was happily playing alone when my son decided he was ready. He wanted to make a monarch butterfly because they migrate. OK. So he was trying to mix the red and yellow paint to make orange.
- And guess who decided she wanted to make another. I only had one box and my son was using it so I gave my daughter about 5 layers of coffee fliter so the colored glue didn’t seep through to the unprotected table. It worked well.
- Then he added glitter.
- And he went bananas. He made up a silly song about glitter and had us all giggling. Yes it was a mess but it was funny and silly and happy and I am a total sucker for funny.
- We let them dry over night ( on way paper so the glue that ran through the filters wouldn’t stain anything). Did you really think I’d have a post without at least one of my kids in PJs?
- Then wound the pipe cleaners around them.
- Put them in the window .
I still have glitter to clean up – my son helped but I think he just spread it. The library may get a few books returned that shine figuratively and literally.
The little caterpillar snuggled on a leaf,
Spun a little chrysalis and then fell asleep,
While she was sleeping she dreamed that she could fly,
When she woke up she was a butterfly.
- Gather your materials. You’ll need at least 2 coffee filters for each butterfly, some cardboard for the body ( I used the backside of a cereal box) some cryons or markers for coloring the body , a pipe cleaner, some paint, glue and if you want a ice cube tray to hold the paint .
- Water down your paint, just enough for it to run and be absorbed by the filter. If you are using watercolors you will need a lot of color for it to show up on the filter.
- Start painting! The best way to do this is to drop or dribble the paint onto the filter and let it spread naturally. Do as many colors are you want.
- While letting the paint dry, color the cardboard for the body, and cut out in a long oval. On one end poke 2 holes and feed a pipe cleaner through for the antennae.
- When the filters are dry, fold them in 4 and glue the pointy end to the backside of the body.
Planting seeds of any kind is a great activity for parents and kids to do together, it’s an on going and a wonderful lesson about responsibility and delayed gratification.I am using a little kitchen herb garden but all you really need is some potting soil, a container, seeds , water and the sun. I would encourage you to do this with your child, but if they are under two or still mouthing a lot of things, plant it at nap time and have them help you water it daily.The fun of this activity is watering daily and seeing if anything has popped through yet. Once it has you can even chart the growth with older children and make predictions about how tall each sprout will get.