We recently went to the County Fair where they had an amazing butterfly exhibit. If you missed that post, you can check it out here. I wanted to maintain the excitement about butterflies by doing a butterfly craft. When I was looking through my wrapping supplies to wrap a package, I saw the bows and thought they would make a great 'bow-terfly' craft. The Sugar Snaps' Occupational Therapist already has them peeling off the paper from the back of foam stickers to increase their fine motor skills. Peeling the paper off the back of bows is a similar, though more complex fine motor challenge. The Sugar Snaps loved peeling off the backing and giggled when they mastered the task.
Bow-terfly Butterfly Craft:
You will need:
- Construction paper in black and background color of your choice
- Four bows, preferably two different sizes
- Craft foam for the mouth (or red construction paper, ribbon etc)
- Google eyes
- White glue and/or scrapbooking dots
Cut out a body with a head from black construction paper and two antennae for the butterfly or have your older child do this. Cut out a mouth from the red craft foam (or other chosen material). Have your child glue the antennae onto the paper and then glue (or tape) the body and head combo on top so that the antennae are underneath the butterfly's head. Have your child glue the eyes and mouth onto the head. Next, have your child peel the backs off of the bows and stick them on either side of the body to create the bow-terfly's wings.
Capri loved peeling the backing off of the bows.
Have you done butterfly crafts with the children in your life? Feel free to add links to your butterfly posts or share your stories in the comments. We had a lot of fun talking about butterflies and doing this bow-terfly craft.