The book Leaf Man inspired this butterfly leaf craft. I had a different leaf craft planned, which we will do later. As we were leaving the park today I picked two leaves up and put them together, asked my son what they looked like and after he said “Butterfly” I knew we’d be doing this instead.
Butterfly Leaf Craft
- Gather your materials. You will need two large leaves with stems, some cardboard, markers, tape, glue and googly eyes.
- Start by drawing a butterfly body on the cardboard.
- Have your child color it. He only wanted red today.
- While they are coloring snip the stems off the leaves. Don’t lose the stem, as they will be made into antennae in a bit.
- Cut the body out.
- Next, tape the antenna on the underside of the head.
- Then, tape the leaves on as wings. Tape works way, way better than glue since the leaves can still have some moisture. They can take forever to dry sometimes.
- Glue the googly eyes on, and then add a smile!
“Lucky Leaf” by Kevin O’Malley is a funny book about a boy kicked outside and off his video game by a parent and then his quest for a lucky leaf. He waits and waits for the last leaf from a tree to fall, even after his friends give up and go home. The story is cute, and also my son thought it was funny. I liked the comic book format of the illustrations, and the little boy’s dog has some pretty funny facial expressions throughout.
“Autumn : An Alphabet Acrostic” by Steven Schnur is a lovely book that is also a wonderful introduction to this form of poetry for young children. Each page has a poem about the season, from Acorns to Owls to Pumpkins. Each letter of the words is a jumping off point for a sentence in the poem. The beauty of this book is that it reads well traditionally as well as individual poems. It really makes it two books in one.
Becky @ Our Sweet Peas says
Love this, Love Fall!!! I blogged about you today. I seriously cannot thank you enough for all of these ideas. I always need ideas to keep my twin toddlers occupied and your blog is the first place I check!!! Thanks again!
This is really cute!!
La Dolce Vita says
Love this one!
what a cute butterfly!
Miller Moments says
What a great (adorable) idea!
Rebecca is Thrilled by the Thought says
Great idea! I can't wait for the leaves to start falling around here!
Is it fall already? I still want to hit the beach! But I love this idea. B loves butterflies, so when the leaves start falling – and we have some huge leaves, she will adore this. Thanks again for all your creative work.
mama hall says
oooh i love this! makes me want to bake a pumpkin pie. 🙂 i'm ready for fall and leaf crafts like this one. good job!
The Harris Family says
Valerie would LOVE this one!!! Thanks Allie 🙂
is it really fall already!!! We'll be doing this in a few weeks when we revisit letter B!!
Preschool Playbook says
This is great! So simple too. Thaks.
Kaylee's Mom says
Kaylee will absolutely love this idea. She’s really into leaves and butterflies right now. I think I’ll have to share this with daycare for a simple craft too!