2.16.2009

Kids' Butterfly Craft

For Valentine's Day my daughter made these cute butterfly magnets. She gave them to her grandparents, great grandfather and her aunt and uncle.

Anyway, I thought I'd share them with you. They make great gifts, but are also a fun project for the little ones to make and keep for themselves as well.

This is what you need:

construction paper or card stock
pipe cleaner
fuzzy ball
2 wiggly eyes
magnet
popsicle stick
paint
paint brush
crayons
glue
scissors

Directions:

1. Paint popsicle stick. We used a foam paint brush, which was nice and easy. Set stick aside to dry.
2. Cut out the butterfly wings shape. Have child color the wings.
3. Glue wings to popsicle stick. Glue fuzzy ball to top of popsicle stick. (We used a glue gun.)
4. Cut pipe cleaner to about 2.5 inches long. Fold in half to form antennae and glue onto the back of the popsicle stick towards the top.
5. Glue 2 wiggly eyes to the fuzzy ball.
6. Glue/stick magnet to the back of the butterfly. (We used a strip of a sticky backed magnet.)

To give you an approximate age range, my daughter is almost 3. I did the cutting and gluing. She did the coloring and painting and picked out the different color paper, fuzzy balls & pipe cleaners.

In addition, I think these would have been cute with glitter sprinkled on. And of course, you could probably cut out more elaborate wings.

Looking for more butterfly crafts? Check out Sarah's Lovey Dovey Foam Butterflies made with clothespins. So cute!