Preschool Blog · The Itsy Bitsy Garden

Beautiful Butterfly

img_2325 img_2326  One of the things that I miss about my days as a first grade teacher is raising butterflies.  I loved watching the excitement on my students’ faces as they watched their caterpillars turn into chrysalises and then into butterflies.  We are planning to get Olivia a butterfly kit for her birthday in June, but are starting on our butterfly crafts now.  I have written about making sun catchers in the past, but this one was a bit different, and required some more prep work.  The end result was definitely worth the extra work.  I googled a butterfly coloring page, and printed it out.  I then traced over all of the lines with a thick black marker.  After that, I used an x-acto knife to cut out the insides of the butterfly so img_2331that only the img_2335black lines remained.  Then it was time for Olivia to do some of the work.  I taped a piece of contact paper to her table, and laid the outline of the butterfly on top.  Olivia and I worked together to rip pieces of tissue paper apart (great for fine motor skills), and laid them across the butterfly.  Once the entire butterfly was covered, I added the top layer of contact paper, and cut out the butterfly.  The finished product looks great in our kitchen window.

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