Symmetry Butterflies

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In a day with wind chills in the teens, we needed a little reminder that spring always comes after winter! Butterflies always seem to fit the bill, so I set up this butterfly craft in the morning for Travis.

It’s yet another great way to emphasize symmetry found in nature for little kids, a tiny science lesson thrown in with the art.

First, I traced a butterfly wing on paper that was folded in half, and cut out. Open up and you’ll have symmetrical wings.

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I tried to persuade Travis to paint only on one side of the wings, which he did at first…

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…but once he knew that was my request, he became impish and painted on both sides. (Don’t worry, the final design will still work; the result just won’t seem as “magical”).

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Once your child has finished painting, fold the wings in half and rub firmly to make sure the paint transfers over.

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Open up for a symmetrical surprise!

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I painted one a bit more cleanly for him,  so he could learn from the example.

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After the paint dried, we added butterfly bodies (cut from additional construction paper) and drew on faces. Travis has just begun drawing noses and mouths, so I loved watching him do this part.

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Even if the butterflies look a little grumpy!

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We were out of googly eyes, but sparkly stick-ons worked for eyes in a pinch. Hang your butterflies in the window, and enjoy watching them soar!

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