Easy Butterfly Art for Parent Conferences

April 7, 2013 2 min read
I love how the butterflies add color and seem ready to flutter right off the wall! 
This project comes straight from my own kindergarten experience and is pretty simple to do. All you need is 3-4 pre-cut butterfly templates, colored large construction paper, tempura paints and brushes, and pipe cleaners. I chose to do this over two days because of time constraints during PM groups (3 or 4  fifteen minute rotations, depending on how much time we have).  For Day 1, students traced butterfly pattern on construction paper color of their choice. Then they cut it out.  Day 2 and 3: Students in my group were on computers so I could pull them over one at a time (We have carpet and past experience has taught me that one at a time is better when dealing with paint!)  After folding butterfly in half and opening back up again, the student painted a few dots, swirls or blobs on one side of the butterfly. Then we closed it, smoothed it out, and opened again. (Great way to teach symmetry!) After they dried we stapled an antenna on each butterfly. If we had more time I would have liked to add some glitter!  To add a 3D look, pin the center and both sides so part of the wings stick out from the wall. It was interesting how some only wanted to paint dots, even though I was wanting them to be more creative with swoops, stripes, etc.  Oh well, even telling my story didn’t inspire them…. 

When I was in kinder we did this project.  The whole class was painting and folding their butterflies at once. Well, the boy next to me bumped into my arm and I ended up getting my blue dot smeared into my red dot! I was so upset that my butterfly was ruined! I marched over, probably crying, to my teacher… but she folded and smoothed it down (oh boy, now I thought she was making it worse!!) and when she opened it here was a beautiful blob of red, blue and even purple.Whoa, it was like magic! I couldn’t wait to tell the others at my table… after that we were all inspired to make multi-colored blobs on our butterflies!!

I am now ready for parent conferences this next week!!  Hope you have a great day!

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