Classic Craft & Epic Mess

spring crafts for kids

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.

  1. 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.spring crafts for kids
  2. Start by drizzling the glue all over the coffee filter.  While my daughter did this my son was playing nearby. craft for kids
  3. She loved squeezing the glue and we took the opportunity to talk about colors too. crafts for kids
  4. Add the glitter! She was tame compared to her brother …. you’ll see what I mean in a bit. kids crafts
  5. 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.
  6. 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.toddlers love crafts
  7. Then he added glitter.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. Then wound the pipe cleaners around them.
  11. 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.

 

Song

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.