To create Watercolor Butterflies, you will need:
- Coffee Filters
- Pipe Cleaners
- Cup of Water
- Water-based Markers
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Beautiful Butterflies Made by YOU!
Have you ever seen a butterfly? Butterflies are insects, which means they are small bugs with six legs, two antennae, and usually two pairs of wings. The butterfly starts out life as a caterpillar and later goes through a really big change called metamorphosis. That's when the caterpillar becomes a butterfly! Can you pretend to be a butterfly?
Step 1: Things You'll Need
Collect the items from the materials list.
(* Before you begin this activity with your child, make sure your markers are water-based.) Mark a piece of paper, then wet the mark with a little water. If the color runs, your markers are water-based.
Little Hands Tip: Talk about how butterflies fly.
Step 2: Doodle It
With the markers, doodle and draw on the coffee filters. You might try different coloring techniques—color a lot on one and less on another. Or, try different arrangements of colors.
Step 3: Just Add Water(color)
Dip a brush into a bowl of water and paint over your drawings and doodles. For a more dramatic effect, dip a coffee filter in the water bowl and let it soak for a few seconds. How do the different colors act when they get a little wet? How do they act when they get really wet? Does anything special happen where two different colors meet?
Step 4: Let Them Dry Before They Fly
Set the coffee filters out to dry for a few hours. When dry, pinch the coffee filter in the center and hold it in one hand.
Step 5: Make the Butterfly Body
Wrap the pinched center with string or a pipe cleaner.
Step 6: Make the Antennae
Make a pair of antennae out of a pipe cleaner and attach it to the center of your butterfly. Remember, all insects have two antennae!
Little Hands Tip: Do you know what butterflies use their antennae for? Are they like whiskers on cats and dogs?
Fly! Flutter! Fly!
Flutter the butterflies around the room! Then, display the butterfly somewhere your child can see it.