Painted Paper Butterflies

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It’s wicked exciting when we get to incorporate literature into art class! Our Principals love it and we get street cred with our reading specialists… Winning! With this lesson I get to read to my little Kindergartners, we make some GORGEOUS butterflies and get some cutting and tracing skills out of the way. Yay us!

What you need:

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
  • Painted paper
  • Patience (Seriously, kindergarteners are cute but prepare for some complaining about tired hands! LOL)
  • 12″ butterfly-wing templates made out of cardstock (I just look at pictures of butterflies and draw them)
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons

Let’s get started!

Step 1:

For this project I read one of my FAVORITE children’s books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We discuss Eric Carle’s epic illustrations made out of painted paper. See my painted paper blog post for more about the process!

Step 2:

I cut 12″x 18″ pieces of vibrantly painted paper (made last week by my Kinders) in half and put a pile on each table.

Step 3:

Put a few wing templates and a crayon per kid on each table.

Step 4:

We look at a few butterfly pics and talk about symmetry. Talk about how butterflies have FOUR wings. The bottom wings are going to be circles and the top wings we trace our templates. A long hotdog shape for the body and then two antennas! Once done add some spots or use the crayon to add wanted details! Have fun 🙂

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