This classic butterfly craft is a must for all preschool classrooms! Not only is this a classic craft, but it’s also super easy to make and uses supplies you probably already have on hand.
Your kids will have a blast making their very own butterflies for a spring or insect theme.
Building Background Knowledge
Introduce your kids to the concept of butterflies by reading a few books about these fascinating insects first.
Here are a few of my favorite titles to share with preschoolers:
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
- A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston
- Butterflies by Fran Howard
Here are the supplies you will need for your butterfly craft.
- round coffee filters (dollar store)
- green pipe cleaners or chenille stems
- regular Crayola markers or Do-A-Dot markers
- water spray bottle
- wax paper
- brown paper lunch bags
Easy Butterfly Craft for Kids
First, tear off a sheet of wax paper for each child in your small group. Then, give each child a coffee filter and invite them to flatten it on their wax paper.
Next, invite kids to use regular markers or Do-A-Dot markers to decorate their coffee filters.
After they have decorated their coffee filters, invite each child to spray his or her coffee filter a few times with the water bottle.
Make sure the wax paper is beneath the coffee filter or the color will bleed through to the surface below.
Allow the coffee filters to dry for an hour or two. When dry, twist a green chenille stem around the middle of the coffee filter to create the butterfly’s body.
After the butterfly is complete, invite kids to place their butterfly in the brown paper bag and twist the end closed to represent the chrysallis.
You can read The Very Hungry Caterpillar again and kids can remove their butterflies from the paper bags when you get to that part in the story, or you can sing a butterfly song. My favorite butterfly song is The Butterfly by Dr. Jean.
Want more insect activities? Good news! I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you the latest Kids Activities. This week we are focusing on insects and bugs. Throughout the year, we will join forces to share all sorts of ideas with you- from crafts to sensory play.
LEFT TO RIGHT:
Ladybug Playdoh Math Counting Mats // Fun with Mama
Get the Bugs Out Sensory Bin // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Butterfly Alphabet Puzzles // Modern Preschool
Butterfly World Play Dough Kit // Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Bug Addition Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Caterpillar Word Family Activity // Mom Inspired Life
Bug Race Math Game // The STEM Laboratory
Ant Life Cycle: First, Next, Then // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Collecting Bugs Addition Game for Preschoolers // Stay at Home Educator
Butterfly I Spy Game // Pleasantest Thing
3D Ladybug Counting Game // M is for Monster
DIY Clay Minibeast Tic Tac Toe // Adventures of Adam
Butterfly Life Cycle Hats // Playdough to Plato
Butterfly Count and Color Sort // Powerful Mothering
Visual Closure Activities Bugs Theme // Sugar Aunts
Spring Insects Skip Counting Puzzles // The Simplified Classroom
Ladybug Spot Counting Activity // Play & Learn Everyday
Days of the Week Caterpillar // Fairy Poppins
Butterfly Memory Game // Teach Me Mommy
(Not Shown) Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly Craft // Life Over Cs
Follow my Insect board on Pinterest for more great ideas!