One way to get children involved in a craft or activity is by elaborating on something they just learned. I read the book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle to my kids and I found out they love butterflies. Can you blame them? Butterflies are so pretty with their many different colors! On a complete side and spiritual note: I read somewhere that if you see a butterfly it means transformation is coming. Now, I have to admit, I look for them from time to time
Back to the kiddies, I thought it would be fun to create a butterfly and flutter it around the room. So, we did. I used my sons hands as butterfly wings so I can look back and think, “wow, look how tiny my sons hands were…” One of those mom things I guess.
- Construction paper
1. Trace both your childs hands
Don’t mind the cookie crumbs, we were snacking as we played
2. Have your child color in the wings…or uhm, hands.
He’s into playing doctor now and would color red then say, “uh oh, look like the butterfly has a boo boo.” Then asked for a band-aid. Looks like we might have a doctor in the family! Or a firefighter…perhaps a police man, who knows, he could be an artist….oh, there goes those motherly thoughts again!
3. Cut out a middle piece for the butterfly and antennas. Add eyes and glue pieces together.
Flutter your butterfly everywhere!
Now you may have noticed this is Part 1 of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” What does that mean? That means there’s a Part 2, you know like a caterpillar! This one my daughter and son both did together. It turned out fantastic. They learned shapes and had fun with glue! Stay tuned for Part 2!