We've been learning about butterflies and even had the opportunity to keep some caterpillars and watch them change into chrysalises and emerge.
After we released them we decided to make our own tie-dyed butterflies from coffee filters. If you haven't done this before it's super simple. You need white, round filters and you get the kids to colour them with water based felts. They can just scribble or draw a pretty design. It doesn't really matter.
Once you have lots of colour on them you spray them with water.
I'm so lucky! I have a back door that opens directly outside. So when the kids finished colouring their filters they'd just scoot outside and get to work with the spraying. I was so proud of how responsible and careful they were:)
Once the filters were wet they needed to dry.
Now this was very exciting because it happened to be a windy day and they were flying everywhere. Haha. I realized afterwards that we didn't really need to lay them out to dry, because they drip-dried pretty quickly as the kids were holding them.
Everyone made two each. The next step was to scrunch them up and tie pipe cleaners around them. This was pretty tricky for my ones so I had to do it for most of them.
Aren't they pretty?
The next day we went outside and placed them in a tree. We'd been looking at pictures of butterfly trees in Mexico and we wanted to replicate those images:)
We learned about butterflies last year, too, and I have some more great pics and activities.
Now for the freebie!
I used to post on BL Designs and offer clipart freebies, but now I'm doing that on Grade ONEderful instead.
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These guys are about 6 inches wide.
I made them on Illustrator and then added the dots and pastel effect in Photoshop. The edges look a little pixelated here but they'll be sharp and crisp when you grab them.
Hope you like them!
Before you go don't forget the GIVEAWAY I'm having with Ellen at Create in the Chaos. We're giving away clipart, a printable paper craft pack and a $10 Amazon card.
You can find it HERE. It's on until next Friday. Good luck!
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