1-2-3 Come Make A Butterfly With Me
I used to make a perpetual Mother's Day calendar using some of the monthly artwork that my Y5s enjoyed creating. Since we studied butterflies, I had a room helper trace my students' foot with their shoe on and then cut them out. These sweet little feet became the "wings"of a butterfly that they decorated.
Since the butterfly activities have been such a popular download, I thought I'd share this idea as a Mother's Day "craftivity."
If you're all set for this holiday, the packet is very versatile, as I’ve included 3 stationery templates to choose from to glue a butterfly to: Fluttering by with a Mother’s Day Hi; Fluttering by with a Father’s Day Hi; and Fluttering by with a friendly Hi.
Students take off their shoe and trace it on their color choice of folded construction paper. When they cut out their “butterfly wing” they will have two.
Make a sample to share with your students so that they know where to glue their butterfly’s wings. I think these look interesting at a diagonal.
Before hand, cut a variety of colors for the butterfly’s body and fold them. I made a template for 3 different size thoraxes to accommodate the different shoe sizes of students. Next, they glue only the head and bottom tip of the thorax down, so that it is 3 dimensional.
Cut a slit around the top of the head. Students bend a pipe cleaner in half to make a V-tip, and then curl the ends around a pencil. Insert the tip into the slit and tape the end on the back. Students make adjustments by bending the antennae forward a bit.
Run off the little heart poem on a variety of colors of construction paper. Students choose one, trim and glue it to the corner of their card. "I made this card especially for you. The butterfly's wings were traced from my shoe." Discuss symmetry and have children decorate their butterfly’s wings.
For that finishing touch, I added some dashed lines to look like the flit and flutter path of a butterfly. Stickers, glitter and wiggle eyes would also add pizzazz. Click on the link to view/download the Fluttering By Butterfly craftivity.
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