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Tissue Paper Butterflies

ages 1-6


Tissue paper, scissors, pipe cleaners

Activity Detail

Use an assortment of solid color tissue paper or patterned paper. Using half-sheets (or smaller, depending on the size of the butterfly you want to make), lay the number of sheets that you wish to use on top of one another. Then, bunch them up a little in the center. Using a green pipe cleaner for the center of the butterfly, twist the green pipe cleaner around the slightly bunched-up part to create the body of the caterpillar. If you have enough pipe cleaner left over, you can use the two ends for antennae. Use this craft as an opportunity to teach your child about the miracle of caterpillars who emerge from their cocoons as beautiful butterflies.


becky.johnson said:

You can also use coffee filters that your child can decorate.

- Posted on Jun 20, 2007

novelline said:

You might consider attaching string or fishing line to the butterflies and hanging them so they can "fly"!

- Posted on Jul 18, 2007

ashleyoneill said:

This is a great activity for the monarch butterfly migration season.

- Posted on Mar 10, 2008

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