These vivid butterflies are beautiful and catch the summer sunlight when hung in a window. Make several in every color of the rainbow to bring some color in the house!
What You’ll Need:
- White paper towels (high quality works better—they’ll get somewhat wet, and you don’t want them to fall apart)
- Pipe cleaners
- Paint cups
- Liquid watercolors
- Eye droppers or paintbrushes
- Old towels, newspaper, or brown paper
Step 1 – Color!
Give each child a paper towel square. Lay it over an absorbent material, like brown paper, newspaper, or old towels. Put some paint in different paint cups and have your child drip paint onto the paper towel using eyedroppers or paintbrushes.
*Connect: Use this opportunity to talk about mixing colors. Maybe you only want to put out primary colors and mix those together to make secondary colors. Or put out secondary colors and mix those to make tertiary colors. If you’d like, use a color wheel to talk about the different types of colors.
Step 2 – Make the Butterfly
After it is dry, gather the center of the paper towel and twist a pipe cleaner around it to make the butterfly shape and the antennae.
*Connect: This is a great fine motor activity for the kids. Have your child help with the wrapping and twisting of the pipe cleaner.
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