Colorful Butterfly - Easy to Make Using Natural Materials
I can't think of a better way to make a butterfly than with materials found in its natural habitat. This simple activity is fun to do using nature's materials - no glue required!
When we see butterflies fluttering over the lawn in spring, we often see kids running behind them. These delicate insects are colorful, very agile, and able to soar up and down faster than their pursuers!
The green butterfly is one of many different butterfly species. The beautiful wing color inspired this nature craft.
Materials: chestnut leaf, small twig.
We have a wooded area behind our house where we can collect chestnut tree leaves and small twigs. The wide span of the leaf and individual leaflets of the chestnut leaf resemble butterfly wings, but kids can make butterflies using any leaves you have available.
If you are using a chestnut leaf, remove the middle leaflet, leaving two on either side for wings.
1. Lay the wings over the twig. Secure the leaf to the twig by wrapping the leaf stem around the twig. The stems are flexible and strong, and can be easily twisted around the twig.
2. Wrap another stem around the top and tie it once to make the antennae.
This is the reverse side, showing the end of the stem tucked through the loop after it is wrapped around the twig.
It was a windy day when I took this photo. You can see the wings of the green butterfly lifting in the wind.
This is a fun outdoor activity using only natural materials. But even though I said no glue required, go ahead and use string, school glue or a glue gun at any time if it will help secure the leaf or stem to the twig. The fun part is the process of exploring nature (taking a nature walk), gathering materials (choosing just the right leaf and twig) and creating a butterfly together.
Now kids can soar up and down like the other butterflies as they run across the lawn with their own green butterflies.
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