Friday, July 13, 2012

Symmetry Butterflies

Last week we were all about Caterpillars with our focus on The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This week, we continued our Eric Carle bug adventures. One of our crafts was to make these symmetry butterflies.   The older kids were able to identify the line of symmetry going down the middle of the butterfly where both sides looked like mirror images of each other.  The younger kids listened in, but mainly enjoyed the magic of painting one side and then making it appear on the other!


For this craft we used:
Construction Paper
Washable Paint in various colors
Paper Plates

1.  First, I made a template of the butterfly wings on white construction paper by folding the paper in half and drawing one butterfly wing.  The older kids used these to trace and cut out their wings while I cut out wings for the younger kids.  (Make sure to fold the paper first and then have them trace on the side that is folded.  This will ensure that the wings are the same on both sides.)

2.  The kids then painted one half of their butterfly wings.  Then, we folded the wings over and  pressed the two sides together to transfer the paint to the other side.  *Make sure that the kids use enough paint to transfer and that they fold them over before the paint dries.

3.  Open up your butterfly wings and set them aside to dry.

4.  Then, we made a template for the butterfly head and body.  Again, the older kids traced their own template and practiced cutting out their body.

5.  After the wings dried, we glued our bodies to the wings and used markers to draw a face on the butterflies.

*You could also add string to make your butterflies "fly" or hang them in a classroom. 

This was a great math review for the older kids.  I always like to introduce my kids to math vocabulary and use it in our lessons to get them comfortable with the ideas before they learn about them in school.  Plus, it's a pretty cool "magic trick" for the little ones :)

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  1. We're having a craft afternoon today, and my little boys want to do some painting. Thanks for the idea!

  2. These are great! I love doing symmetry crafts. We just tried symmetrical fireworks for the 4th of July ( Just found your site through the Kids Co-op. Thanks for linking up.