Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tissue Paper Butterflies for Toddlers: Spring Kids Crafts Project #62

Tissue Paper Butterflies for Toddlers
Spring Crafts for Preschool Kids - Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 2 Years and Up
Spring Craft for Kids: Tissue Paper Butterflies for Toddlers

Supplies Needed:
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Colored or White Paper (does not have to be thick)
  • 3 Colors of Tissue Paper
  • 3 Pipe Cleaners
  • Pen, Pencil or Marker (you just need the tube part to wrap the pipe cleaner around)
  • Scissors
Time Needed:  
  • 15-30 Minutes
What To Do:
NOTE: SAVE ALL TISSUE PAPER SCRAPS UNTIL THIS PROJECT IS COMPLETED. YOU WILL NEED THEM FOR DECORATING THE PAPER.

BUTTERFLY 1:
  1. ADULT: Cut out one 4 inch x 4 inch square from each of your tissue paper colors. You can make them any size but squares seem to look best.
    Once the tissue paper is cut to size see that it's square by
    folding once in each direction and trimming the edges.
  2. ADULT: Cut out one 3 inch x 3 inch square from one of your tissue paper colors. One of your butterflies will have 2 colors this way :)
    One of our butterflies was pink and yellow.
  3. ADULT: Cut  3 inches off one of the pipe cleaners.
    HINT: This method is for younger children (2-3 years). It's the easiest.
  4. Wrap the 3 inch pipe cleaner around the center of the square and twist once. This makes the butterfly body and antennae. If your child can fold the tissue square back and forth (like a fan) three times, have him do that :) There's a lesser chance of tearing the tissue paper that way. Gently spread the wings out.
    Toddlers will feel very proud of these beautiful, yet simple to make butterflies!
    My daughter made this one. You see it's wrinkled but it still looks lovely!
  5. Done with that one :) Use double sided tape on the back of each wing, or just on the back of the pipe cleaner and tape to your paper.
BUTTERFLY 2:
  1. Take your 2nd tissue paper square and fan fold it about 3 or 4 times.
  2. Use the scissor to cut a V shape or a wavy shape on each end of the fan. This gives the edges a pretty look.
    HINT: If you have any fancy edge scissors use those :)
    Cut an interesting edge on each side for a very fancy butterfly!
  3. Take your 2nd pipe cleaner and wrap it around the pen. It should be curly now.
    Use a pen, marker, pencil, straw or other narrow tube!
  4. Place the curly pipe cleaner over the center of the butterfly.
    HINT: Squeeze the center point while the tissue paper is still closed like a fan and put one of the coils over the tissue paper. Then squeeze the coil closed. This will attach the body.
    When it looks like this it's on properly. Now squeeze pipe cleaner
    coil closed around the tissue paper.
  5. Put double sided tape on the back of the pipe cleaner and attach to the paper.
BUTTERFLY 3: 
  1. Place the smaller of the 2 remaining tissue paper squares on top of the other one (centered).

  2. Make a fan.
  3. Make 3 small cuts in each of the ends with your scissors. Each cut can be about .25 to .5 inch long.
  4. Take your 2nd pipe cleaner and wrap it around the pen. It should be curly now.
  5. Place the curly pipe cleaner over the center of the butterfly.
    HINT: Squeeze the center point (still closed like a fan) and put one of the coils over the tissue paper. Then squeeze the coil closed. This will attach the body.
  6. Put double sided tape on the back of the pipe cleaner and attach to the paper.
    See the pretty edges on this one?
DECORATION TIME:
  1. Snip up all the little scraps of tissue paper you have.

  2. Place pieces of double sided tape on the remaining blank areas of your paper.
  3. Sprinkle the tissue paper confetti over the tape strips. Press down to make sure they stick.
  4. ENJOY! You're done! No drying time on this one!
  5. Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall!
  6. Don't Forget to Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected.
Why We Love Crafts for Kids:
Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

For Children with Special Needs:  Assist your child as much as needed - but allow it to be his project.  Art projects are great for fine motor exercise, and using creativity.

If your child has a limited attention span, have all supplies ready before having him begin the project.
This opportunity for hands-on learning with no wrong choices is ideal to foster self esteem as well.
Substitute any listed supplies for supplies that your child enjoys working with.
This project is very open-ended. Please take all the liberties you want with it. There is no right way, right color, right size to make these butterflies! Be creative and have a great time!

For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project as is but if you want to make it more challenging you can add stickers to the wings, eyes to the butterflies, or even gems/buttons to the antennae. You could even hang the butterflies like a mobile instead of sticking them to paper!

A fun BOOK to read in conjunction with this craft is "Four Friends in the Garden" By Sue Heap. Nancy is a little girl who LOVES fancy things. In this story, Florentina the bear, Rachel the rabbit, Seymour the sheep, and Mary Clare enjoy a day in the garden chasing a butterfly and drinking lemonade. Chasing the butterfly isn't getting them anywhere. It keeps fluttering away. If they stay still what will happen?

Check out these FREE Buttefly Printables from the TwistyNoodle that you can customize!
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