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Paper Butterfly Chase

Duration: any

Age: baby, toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun


Children spread their creative wings with an easy-to-make insect-art project.

Parents are always looking for creative ways to occupy their kids. A favorite among nursery school teachers, this project allows children to make a beautiful butterfly with little muss or fuss.

What You’ll Need

  • Paper towel or coffee filters
  • Watercolour paints or food colouring
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Paintbrush

 Get Started

  • Place the paper towel on a dry surface.
  • Dip the paint brush into water and watercolour. (If you’re using food colouring, dip the brush into a mixture of food colouring and water).
  • Let the paint drip over the paper towel.
  • Gather the paper together in the middle of the towel to create the wings.
  • Hold the towel in place by twisting the pipe cleaner around the middle.
  • Form the antennae from the ends of the pipe cleaner.

After you make several butterflies, you can hang them by clear fishing string so they appear to be suspended in the air. Your child will amuse herself pretending to chase the insects away.