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 that only the black 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.