Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Eric Carle Inspired Beautiful Textured Butterflies: Kids Craft Project #75

Eric Carle Inspired Beautiful Textured Butterflies
Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
For Ages 3 Years and Up
Supplies Needed:
What To Do:
  1. Pour a little bit of 3 or 4 colors of poster paint into a craft bowl BUT POUR them next to each other, not over each other. Pour them out so that you have separate circles of color (like on a palette).
    HINT: Paint should be shallow
  2. Dip your butterfly sponge into the paint and make sure there is coverage over the bottom.
  3. Press evenly onto construction paper.
  4. Add a drop of another color paint and repeat steps 2 and 3. Each butterfly should look a little differently because of the way the paint is slowly mixing together.
  5. Continue until you have about 6 butterflies on your page.
  6. OPTIONAL: Take a toothpick or popsicle stick and gently drag it across a few of your butterflies. Make a pattern of diamonds or checkerboard or no pattern at all!

  7. OPTIONAL: Use a pencil eraser (attached to the pencil) or q-tip as a tiny paintbrush to add little dots of contrasting color to your butterflies.
  8. Sprinkle on glitter, colored sand as desired.
  9. Let dry completely.
  10. Use white glue to apply gems, sensory rice and anything else you want to use to decorate your butterflies.
  11. Use a marker or crayon to add antennae to your butterflies.
    We used leftover spaghetti grass for the antennae on this one!
  12. Let dry completely.
  13. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall!
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. 
Eric Carle Inspired Beautiful Textured Butterflies


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!

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 you 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. Let him choose and pour the paint.

Make any substitutions to the supplies we used as necessary.  There are many ways to do this project. Please use your imagination and incorporate your own child's abilities :)

For Older Children: An older child will enjoy this project as is. 
These beautiful textured butterflies were inspired by "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" By Eric Carle. The textures and bright colors remind me of his art work and the very beautiful butterfly at the end of this book.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

great craft! it's shared on

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