Monday, March 30, 2009

Early Childhood Education-"The art of making butterflies in childcare"

What a wonderful way to welcome spring! These beautifully vibrant butterflies are a great to make with your children at home, childcare or at school.

What you'll need:

  • pipe cleaner
  • coffee filter's-any size
  • Water color paints
  • Paint brush
  • Water

How to make them:

  • Flatten the coffee filter and place it on a newspaper-as you paint water will soak through and dye the coffee filter.
  • Fold the pipe cleaner in half.
  • Fold the coffee filter accordion style, in about ½" pleats.
  • Position the pleated coffee filter into the bent end of the pipe cleaner. Center the filter at the bend.
  • Twist the pipe cleaner; stem around the filter to secure it in place.
  • Bend the tips of the pipe cleaner over about ¼" to create the antennae.
  • Fan out the butterfly wings..


  1. Hello! I am an assistant director at a preschool in TX. Next week I am presenting at the National Association for the Education of Young Children conference on the subject of art. I would love to use this photo in my slideshow, if I can have your permission. If you could let me know ASAP, I would truly appreciate it. Thank you!


  2. my apologies for getting back to you late-yes, use whatever you might need:)!

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