I think this was one of the most fun book projects yet! Bennett (2 yrs old) absolutely LOVED it! He still wants to add to it a week later. We read two different books this week. One for Will’s level and one for Bennett’s. The greatest part was that Will was able to read Bennett’s book to him! Bennett’s book was “Butterfly Colors and Counting” by Jerry Pallotta. It is just what it says each page has a certain color and number of butterflies.
Will’s grandma read him “Houdini” by Janet Pedersen. This book is about a classroom pet caterpillar who loves to perform for the children. When the children stop noticing Houdini’s usual tricks he needs to come up with something really great. Can you guess what his trick is?
This project came once again from I Heart Crafty Things. Like I said it was a huge hit! I just love to look at it on my wall, too.
One sheet of Contact Paper
Various colors of tissue paper cut in squares
One pipe cleaner cut in half
2 wiggly eyes
Brown Cardstock (cut into butterfly body)
Washi Tape or Painter’s Tape
First, draw a butterfly shape on the paper side of the contact paper. I’d suggest using a pencil first (I did not and wished I had). Trace over the pencil drawing with a Sharpie marker. Now flip the contact paper over to the other side and trace the outline you made on the opposite side with the Sharpie again. Set this aside for now.
Cut the brown cardstock into a butterfly body that extends all the way from the top to the bottom of the center of your butterfly pattern. Using glue dots attach the wiggly eyes and draw a smile on your butterfly. I raided my huge tub of tissue paper I’ve saved from gifts and (with the help of the neighbor girl) cut them into strips and then small squares. I used about every color of the rainbow.
To get ready to create your butterfly, peel the paper off the contact paper and attach it sticky side up to the wall using washi tape or painter’s tape. I found that painter’s tape ended up working a little better. Be sure to attach it to the wall at your child’s level. Stick the brown butterfly body right to the contact paper. It will just stick!
Now have your children create a beautiful butterfly by sticking the tissue paper squares all over the butterfly. Show them how to stay within the boundaries of the black outline and to vary the colors.
How many times do you think I cleaned tissue paper up off my floor? LOL! Bennett loved to hand me the tissue paper and have me put it on, too. We worked on naming the colors as we did each square. This is a skill we are still working on since everything is still “lellow”. Will helped a little bit, but wasn’t quite as interested in this project. He likes to help his kid brother so that is sweet.
Here is the best picture we could get of the final product! We have kept it up by our other artwork board. I love looking at it everyday! I highly recommend to give this project a try!