Last year, we raised caterpillars, and then released them once they became butterflies. Olivia has already started asking if we can do this again, and of course I said YES! When teaching first grade, I always looked forward to the arrival of the caterpillars, and I am so excited that I get to watch this miraculous transformation with Olivia.
To get us ready, we made our own butterflies today. Here are the materials that we used:
- Toilet paper roll
- Construction paper
- Scrapbook paper
- Elmer’s glue
- Craft stick
- Pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes
- X-acto knife
First, Olivia chose the scrapbook paper that she wanted to use for the wings, and construction paper for the body. Then we measured the toilet paper roll against the construction paper a cut it to size.
Once that was done, she rolled it around the toilet paper tube.
After that, I folded the scrapbook paper so that the white side was out, and drew wings in the shape of rectangles using marker. I did white side out so that you wouldn’t see the marker line on the wings. I drew rectangles so that Olivia could do the cutting.
Our final steps were to add the googly eyes and antennae. I cut a sparkly pipe cleaner (which Olivia thought would make a great decoration for New Year’s Eve). This step is definitely one for an adult to do because the pipe cleaner is a bit sharp after cutting it. I used an x-acto knife (another grown-up job) to make the holes for the antenna at the top of the toilet paper tube, and Olivia and I worked together to stick the pipe cleaners through the holes. To complete the look, we curved the pipe cleaners around a pencil, but you could also use your finger!