Monday, April 4, 2011

Eric Carle Inspired Butterfly Life Cycle Sponge Painting: Kids Craft Project #72

Eric Carle Inspired Butterfly Life Cycle Sponge Painting
Preschool Crafts for all abilities!   
for Ages 3 Years and Up    
Butterfly Life Cycle: egg, caterpillar, cocoon, butterfly
Supplies Needed:
  • 2 Kitchen Sponges
  • Adult Scissors 
  • Poster Paint (red, green, yellow, blue)
  • Craft Bowl for Paint
  • Construction Paper
  • 3 Googly Eyes
  • White Glue
  • Newspaper To Keep The Work Area Clean
Time Needed:  
  • up to 20 Minutes plus drying time
ALERT! DON'T THROW OUT THE SPONGES FROM THIS PROJECT WHEN FINISHED! WE'LL USE THEM 2 MORE TIMES FOR OTHER PROJECTS THIS WEEK! 

What To Do:
  1. Make sure your sponge(s) are damp but not dripping. Run under water and then really squeeze them out. Now they're ready!
  2. ADULT: Cut out the following shapes (see image below): Leaf, Egg, Caterpillar, Cocoon, Butterfly.
    HINT: If you want your caterpillar more like the one from "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" cut his shape with a large arch in his back. If you choose to do that you'll need another straighter caterpillar sponge like we have to create the butterfly :)
    We used 2 sponges for ours!
    From left to right: egg, leaf, caterpillar, cocoon, 2 butterflies.
    Close up of our 2 butterflies. We later modified them a little
    with a sort of V shape on the top and inverted V shape on the bottom
    to make it more butterfly like (below).
  3. Pour some green paint into your craft bowl, dip the leaf sponge into it so that the bottom is covered, and then press evenly onto your construction paper. We put 2 on ours.
    Our paint-dipped leaf.
  4. Pour some red paint into your bowl and then dip your egg sponge into it so that the bottom is covered, and then press evenly onto your construction paper. We made a bunch of eggs because my kids liked that the "babies" were in there :)
    6 eggs on 2 leaves.
  5. Dip and remove your caterpillar sponge into the paint while changing direction several times. This will give your paint an interesting look! Press evenly onto your construction paper.
    Our caterpillar with interesting paint design!
  6. Dip your leaf sponge into the paint again so that the bottom is covered, and then press evenly onto your construction paper.
  7. Add red paint to the paint bowl.
  8. Dip your cocoon sponge into the paint so that the bottom is covered, and then press evenly onto your construction paper so it looks like it's attached to the bottom of the leaf.
    Cocoon hanging off a leaf.
  9. Dip your butterfly sponge into the paint while changing direction several times. This will give your paint an interesting look! Press evenly onto your construction paper.
  10. Dip your caterpillar sponge into the paint and then press evenly onto your construction paper through the middle of your butterfly where his body goes.
  11. Let all paint dry completely.
  12. Use a bit of white glue to add an eye to your caterpillar and 2 eyes to your butterfly.
  13. Draw your butterfly antennae with a crayon or marker.


  14. ENJOY! You're done! Show it off by hanging your masterpiece on the wall!
    ALERT! DON'T THROW OUT THE SPONGES FROM THIS PROJECT WHEN FINISHED! WE'LL USE THEM 2 MORE TIMES FOR OTHER PROJECTS THIS WEEK!
  15. 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. Let him choose any colors he wishes for this project. The different Life Cycle Stages can go on one page or on different pages if that's easier!

If your child does not enjoy using paint this entire project can be done with simply cut outs from construction paper :) Just have your child glue, paste, or tape them onto a piece of paper.
   
For Older Children: An older child will also enjoy this project and may want to add the names of each Life Cycle Stage to his painting.


FEATURED BOOK:
This kids craft project was inspired by "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" By Eric Carle. This beloved book, originally published in 1969, is an all-time favorite across the world! The story not only follows the very hungry caterpillar as it grows from egg to cocoon to beautiful butterfly, but also teaches the days of the week, counting, good nutrition and more! Striking pictures and cleverly die-cut pages offer interactive fun. Your child will love it!

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