Caterpillars and butterflies are fascinating for many young children. Celebrate their love of these beautiful creatures with fun art projects. With paint, paper and glue, your little artists can create lovely projects to display around your home.
- Coffee filter butterflies: Draw designs on a coffee filter with washable markers. Outside or on a protected surface, use a spray bottle to thoroughly spritz the filter with water. The colors will blend together. When the filter dries, pinch it together in the middle, and secure it with a clothespin. Add a bent pipe cleaner at the top for the butterfly’s antennae.
- Cut-paper butterflies: Cut butterfly wing and body shapes from construction paper. Older children can do this themselves, but you may need to do the cutting for young ones. Glue the wings and body to a construction paper background. Cut designs from other colors of construction paper to decorate the wings. Use a marker to add a face and antennae.
- Stamped caterpillars: Dip a circle stamp in tempera paint. Stamp a wavy line of circles on paper to make a caterpillar. Add details, like a face, legs or fuzz, with a marker after the paint dries. Use red and green paint for the caterpillar if you want him to match the one from Eric Carle’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”
- Handprint butterflies: Spread washable tempera paint on your child’s hand. Stamp your child’s hand on a sheet of paper four times to represent wings. Add a craft stick for the butterfly’s body. Use a marker to add details. Your child might also want to add cotton balls to represent clouds.
- Paper-loop caterpillars: Cut strips of construction paper for your child; the strips should be about one inch by five inches. You will need about six strips. Form loops with the strips, and use a stapler to fasten the loops closed. Staple the loops to one another to form a caterpillar. Cut a large leaf from green paper for the caterpillar to sit on. Glue or staple the caterpillar to the leaf. Use a hole punch to make holes in the leaf, so it looks like the caterpillar has been taking bites.
The slideshow accompanying this article shows a photo of each project. Refer to the photos for additional guidance in creating your art. Of course, every artist has his own unique approach, so be as creative as you like with your designs.
Caterpillars and butterflies are amazing animals. With these projects, you and your child can make your own wonderful creatures to enjoy. If you’d then like to visit some real butterflies, take a trip to the Luthy Botanical Garden in Peoria, Ill. The Cottage Garden area is particularly attractive to butterflies. When you return, create a few more masterpieces to help you remember the beautiful creatures you saw.